Penfold's MAX's shiraz & Chardonnay/ #16432631
(price for 2 fl) 1 fl. MAX's chardonnay Adelaide Hills + 1 fl. MAX's shiraz cabernet 2020, both in a gift box. The price for one is DKK 150-200, so here you get 2 for the same price (and in a gift box).
Named after Max Schubert, who 80 years ago created Grange Bin 95 - the first great table wine from Australia, which is also shiraz (with balance of cabernet). He also made some of the first great white wines. Max's was created in 2016 (after a sample of super wine in 2012) as shiraz-cabernet - then others followed, in 2019 chardonnay.
The white Chardonnay is from the cool Adelaide Hills, which provides some of Australia's best Chardonnay. Fermented and aged in small oak barrels, but the cool climate produces a wine with acidity, balance and length, which has matured perfectly. 90p/Decanter. Price in Menu DKK 170/fl.
The Shiraz cabernet is an Australian classic, which is probably even better than the 2019 (94p/WIneEnthusiat) gr small harvest of concentrated berries. 77% shiraz (mainly McLaren Vale), 23% cabernet (mainly Wrattonbully, Padthaway and Coonawarra), aged 12 months in small American oak barrels.
The wine has a beautiful deep purple color. The aroma is complex with spicy notes of oregano, olives and boysenberry. A classic Australian expression, balanced and bright with a modern twist. The taste is in perfect balance between sweet fruit and grilled vegetables. This wine delivers generosity of fruit from the Shiraz along with solid Cabernet Sauvignon structure.
Max Schubert (1913-1994) worked all his life for Penfold's, from 1931 as a delivery boy, but is probably best known when he was chief winemaker from 1948-75 and created Australia's first (and still most expensive) top wine.
In 1949 he was sent to France and Spain to learn more about Sherry and other mulled wines - the type of wine Australia was making at the time! But he also visited Lafite, Latour and Margaux and discovered aged Bordeaux, something he did not know at all from Australia.
Back home, he experimented with making a wine that could age in a bottle.
The first vintage of Grange Hermitage Bin 95 was 1951. The 1952 and 1953 vintages went on sale - it is now 80 years ago. They didn't get very good reviews - they were completely different from other wines from Australia, a mix of shiraz with a balance of cabernet sauvignon.
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