Penfolds Max's Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Magenta core with crimson edges. A gorgeous amalgamation of two expressive varietals, each flattering the other in a synergistic union. Ripe cherry and Swiss milk chocolate aromatics invites further investigation. A second swirl releases cabernet varietal-derived spearmint, interwoven with raspberry, cinnamon and fennel. A lovely balanced palate with fresh red currant and plum fruit backed by lively acidity. There is more than a hint of charcuterie with cured fennel sausage foremost in mind. Seasoned oak has integrated well to deliver a creamy texture and cola spice nuances. Fruit derived tannins are both fine and velvety.
Blend: 64% Shiraz, 36% Cabernet
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In the vast range of Penfolds reds, this is an affordable option that offers all the power, plushness and polish of the upper tier wines, with a drink-now factor. Ripe red and black berry fruit and pepper spice is framed in glossy, milk chocolaty oak. The palate is mouthfilling, with but not lacking in freshness. Tannins are chewy and on the oaky side. A distinctly Aussie blend to pair with a slab of protein. Treasury Wine Estates.
Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of stand-out wines both white and red have been released under the Penfolds masthead.
Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker and only the 4th custodian of Grange, relishes the opportunity to bring Penfolds to the world stage and is an enthusiastic ambassador and natural educator. Penfolds came to the attention of the US market when 1990 Grange was Wine Spectator’s ‘Wine of the Year’. Since then, Penfolds Grange has become one of the most collectable wines of the world and was honored to grace the front cover, once again, of Wine Spectator, with declarations of Grange as Australia’s Icon.
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