Penfolds Max Schubert Cabernet Shiraz 2012

Penfolds Max’s. It’s not just a new wine, it promises to be a new range of wines. This 2012 blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, from the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra, has been released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Max Schubert’s birth. 500 dozen were made. It was matured in 100% new American oak hogsheads. The blend is 61% in cabernet’s favour. I hadn’t heard a whisper about this new wine and then it landed on the doorstep. Penfolds’ wines never arrive on the doorstep. I decided to tuck straight into it, before Penfolds realised their mistake and asked for it back. Mike Bennie and I then agreed that, each from our own bottles and in our own tasting conditions, we’d both weigh in with our thoughts.

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Tasted : AUG15
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $450
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2015 - 2027+
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