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Penfolds Max's Shiraz Cabernet 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 Winery to grow.
A more approachable Penfolds style at release, Max’s Shiraz Cabernet is ideally shelf to glass.
Dark red with a purple core.
Complex, leafy with olive fruit and dried oregano.
Beetroot fruit. Roasted Mediterranean vegetables. Textured by assertive tannins that provide counter-balance to the sweet fruit.
Oak provides cedar, toast, char & dark liquorice and exotic spices.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Wrattonbully, Padthaway, McLaren Vale, Upper Adelaide, and Barossa Valley.
Maturation: 12 months in new French oak (4%), American oak (2%), and seasoned French (58%) and American oak (36%).
Variety: 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Autumn and winter rainfall were above the long-term average. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with only light showers observed throughout spring. Low top soil moisture halted canopy growth early in the season giving vines an open canopy.
A significant rainfall event in early January was a defining moment, giving the vines a much needed boost during veraison. February brought weekend heat spikes, pushing mean maximum temperatures well above the average resulting in early ripening and harvest.