Penfolds Max Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017
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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.
The nose shows an amalgam of aromatics working in harmony – primarily yellow stone fruit (nectarine) and honeydew melon with soft pistachio nougat… and enchantingly/unexpectedly from this white grape variety, blueberry bavarois!
Barely recognisable savoury French oak imparts a sensitive touch to sign off on a complex and appealing nose. A soft and delicate mouth coating/laminated acidity fills out the palate and gently conveys the fermented spoils of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.
Showing more of a citrus edge, with lime splice and finger lime sweetness. Enticing teacake sponge flavours varietally laced with finely grated lemon zest.
Already ready, yet no need to hurry – balanced and complete.
90 / 100 Cellarmaster Value Rating