Max's Chardonnay 2016

Penfolds Max’s Chardonnay is a tribute to former Chief Winemaker Max Schubert 1948-1975, a legend in Penfolds history. Max’s constant pursuit of excellence paved the way for those who followed in his footsteps and also allowed the status and heritage of Penfolds to grow.

Max’s Chardonnay displays the Penfolds ‘stamp’ inspired by Max Schubert.

When To Drink
Drinking well now and will improve with time. Peak drinking window now - 2021. 
Taste Description

Very pale straw.

At once, inimitably Adelaide Hills aromatics… White stone fruits, notably peach & nectarine.
A suggestion of fig and spice – no doubt the clove aromatics arising from maturation in small French oak barriques.
This oak mirrors sweet and cedary characters with nuances of almond.

Stone fruits persist amid a pistachio nougat-like creaminess, more than likely derived from extended time on yeast lees.
Up-front oak tannins and long, lingering acidity combine to create an enticing phenolic ‘grip’, enhancing the overall structure of the palate.
Delightfully approachable. Why wait?



Technical Information

Origin: Adelaide Hills, South Australia. 

Maturation: 32% new French oak, 60% seasoned French oak and 8% seasoned vats for 9 months.

Variety: Chardonnay.

Vintage Conditions

The Adelaide Hills 2016 growing season commenced under mild and dry conditions. Rainfall was below average throughout winter and dry conditions persisted through spring resulting in early vine growth. Conditions for fruit-set and flowering were favourable and contributed towards above average vintage yields. Rain events during late summer were, for the most part, pre-veraison.

Cool February conditions meant that ripening was steady and the slightly early start to vintage was a result of a mild and dry growing season. February and March weather allowed for a steady harvest, favourable flavour development and acid retention.


The first vintage was in 2015.