WINE OF THE WEEK

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

IT would be dif­fi­cult to say defini­tively, but from both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tives, South Aus­tralia's Pen­folds wine group is prob­a­bly Aus­tralia's most con­sis­tent great wine­maker of the last decade.

In masked tast­ings, their wines come up reg­u­larly as ei­ther best or best value for money.

In yet an­other 14-wine line up of some of Aus­tralia's most in­ter­est­ing, value and finest cabernet sauvi­gnons, the 2014 Pen­folds Max's cabernet sau­vi­gnon re­ceived the high­est av­er­age points (18.5 points) of the tast­ing.

Al­though it was third on my card be­hind both the Wynns 2013 Harold cabernet sau­vi­gnon at 18.8 points and $80 and Howard Park's Le­ston at 18.5 points and $43. The 2014 Pen­folds Max's cabernet sau­vi­gnon is full, ripe, round, gen­tle and with soft tan­nin edges.

It is juicy and de­li­cious, quite ripe, with qual­ity cabernet fruit.

It has seen qual­ity oak and wine­mak­ing skills rarely given to a wine in this price range.

Out­stand­ing value, 18.4 points and rrp $35.

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