WINE OF THE WEEK
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.