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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.
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Deep red core, crimson on rim.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 was the inaugural vintage.