Stony Brook The Max Red 2018

Tasting Notes

Winery: Stony Brook
Varietal: Red Blend
SKU: STOMAX2018 Categories: , ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Stony Brook Max Red 2018



4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Fine, cellarworthy (& well-priced) Bordeaux red adds petit verdot for a 4-way blend, cab led, in 18 (93 pts). 40% new oak, 26 months gives cedar & dark chocolate overlay to blackcurrant, mulberry & plum in full, firm body.

Winemaker Notes

The 2018 vintage is a Cape Bordeaux-style blend, made up of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. All of the components were picked at full ripeness to ensure that the tannins, while firm and grippy, are also round and moreish.

The four varieties were matured separately in a combination of 50% new and 50% second-and-third-fill French oak barriques for 26 months before blending and bottling.

The nose offers dark chocolate, ripe cherry, cigar box and caramelised blackberry aromas with a little red pepper, showcasing new-world fruit paired with old-world winemaking techniques. There is rich, concentrated red fruit on the palate, matched with big, well-integrated tannins and a bright, elegant finish and just a hint of oak.

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