Penfolds Max's Adelaide Hills Rose 2021
91 POINT RATED STUART KNOW THE REAL REVIEW NEW RELEASE PENFOLDS MAX'S PINOT NOIR ROSE
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- 91 POINT RATED STUART KNOX THE REAL REVIEW
- ADELAIDE HILLS PINOT NOIR ROSE
- NEW RELEASE FROM PENFOLDS ESTABLISHED 1844
- JAMES HALLIDAY WINERY OF THE YEAR WINNER
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
|Drink now or cellar 1-3 years
Rose gold. An exotic amalgam of highly perfumed aromatics compete for attention: watermelon granita, fresh quince, juniper berries, sherbet, finger lime and fresh cream. The palate is no less intriguing, with a texture as silky as talcum powder. A burst of refreshing flavours explodes across the palate lead by white pepper, wild white strawberries, Cara cara navel oranges and jasmine blossom. A slatey minerality brings some measure of austerity with a light phenolic grip tying the whole package together.
Max’s Rosé 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 that followed, and allowed the status and heritage of Penfolds to grow Max discovered the pleasure of drinking fresh bright Rosé on one of his early trips to Europe This wine has all the hallmarks of a well balanced, bright young Rosé crafted with early drinking in mind.
Vintage 2021 was celebrated by grape growers and winemakers across South Australia both for its long cool ripening and a return to respectable yields. Despite a dry July, soil moisture levels were close to optimal as budburst commenced in spring. Warm conditions throughout September ensured even budburst across the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Padthaway, while healthy rainfall from late September through to November promoted ideal canopy development. Unlike the previous two seasons, conditions at flowering allowed for a good fruit set.
The summer of the 2020/21 growing season was the coolest in the past ten years, with no heat waves and only nine days over 35°C. Several good rain periods in late January and early February ensured soil moisture levels were optimal for veraison. The final stages of ripening were slowed by cool conditions resulting in optimal flavour development. Harvest was an orderly affair with grapes from the South East still being harvested in early May.
91 Point Rated - Stuart Knox The Real Review
"Very pale rose-petal-pink colour. Crushed strawberry and clotted cream aromas. Light and airy across the palate, with a supple acidity that brings some drive and focus to the simple, but bright and juicy red fruits on the tongue. Good length and balance makes it a great crowd-pleaser and a lovely summer wine."
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