Penfolds Max's Chardonnay 2016 (6 x 750mL), Adelaide Hills, SA

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

RRP $35

$29.99 per Bottle
$179.94 per pack

Overview

Penfolds Max’s Chardonnay 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 to grow.

Max’s Chardonnay displays the Penfolds ‘stamp’ inspired by Max Schubert.

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Very pale straw

Aroma

At once, inimitably Adelaide Hills aromatics… White stone fruits, notably peach & nectarine. A suggestion of fig and spice – no doubt the clove aromatics arising from maturation in small French oak barriques.This oak mirrors sweet and cedary characters with nuances of almond.

Palate

Stone fruits persist amid a pistachio nougat-like creaminess, more than likely derived from extended time on yeast lees. Up-front oak tannins and long, lingering acidity combine to create an enticing phenolic ‘grip’, enhancing the overall structure of the palate. Delightfully approachable. Why wait?

When to Drink:

Drinking well now and will improve with time. Peak drinking window now - 2021.

Maturation: 32% new French oak, 60% seasoned French oak and 8% seasoned vats for 9 months.

Vintage
2016
Region
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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