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 continues the evolution of the Penfolds white wine program, drawing inspiration from the legacy and spirit of the many wine trials of Max Schubert, a Penfolds winemaking legend.
Alc/Vol: 13%, Acidity: 6.7 gL, pH: 3.17
32% new French oak, 60% seasoned French oak, 8% seasoned vats for 9 months
Very pale straw
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.
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?