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The Max Schubert Cabernet Shiraz 2012

The 2012 Max Schubert Cabernet Shiraz is testament to Penfolds winemaking philosophy and the art of multi-regional blending. Inspired by the legend, this wine commemorates Max Schubert’s contribution to Penfolds and personifies the style Max championed more than half a century ago.

When To Drink

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Taste Description

Colour
Deep red core, crimson on rim.

Nose
Instantly, invoking an ostentatious entry – saturated red-curranted fruits, stewed mulberry.
Next, a formic proclamation – soy/ Worcestershire sauce and freshly tanned leather.
Then, closure – beneath a descending veiled waft of icing sugar, vanilla and fragmented brandy snap. 

Palate
In a word, complex. Unravels with air and time.
Red fruits arise from a mix of dark chocolate/ mocha dust (cappuccino) and chocolate-coated liquorice. Succulent, savoury, chewy – propelled by formidable tannins and well-hidden new oak.

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley and Coonawarra.

Maturation: 15 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads.

Variety: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions

Lower than average winter rainfall was experienced in both regions. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December, merging into a mild summer, with a few short periods of elevated heat. Both Coonawarra and the Barossa Valley experienced cooler temperatures for flowering ahead of superior ripening conditions, with lower yields contributing to an earlier start to harvest. Fruit was picked in optimal condition.

Great results were delivered for traditional quality markers – colour, tannin profile, fruit concentration and flavour depth. 

History

2012 was the inaugural vintage.

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