Penfolds Max's Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
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|Region||Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale|
Classic cabernet sauvignon lift clearly identifies the varietal from the first waft. Aromas sitting at the riper end of the spectrum, no evidence of tomato leaf, or capsicum, with only a suggestion of spearmint. Dark berries dominate, with classic blackberry liqueur stamping authority from the outset. Lovely oak derived exotic spices create a sense of anticipation. The aromatic enticement is rewarded from the first sip. On the palate, ripe raspberry, bramble black currant and blood plum flesh out the fruit spectrum. Oak derived cassia bark and dark liquorice notes temper the gorgeous fruits. Taught, lingering tannins create texture and definition. No need for extended maturation, this cabernet is already singing, although no doubt a few years will see further layers of complexity emerge.