Stony Brook The Max 2015


About The Wine

The idea behind The Max is to create a wine that has huge ageing potential as well as round, rich flavours that allow the wine to be enjoyed in its youth. It is a Bordeaux-style blend, made up of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 5% 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 in a combination of 30% new and 70% second-and-third-fill French oak barriques for 27 months before blending and bottling. A particularly good vintage for this wine, offering the potential to be cellared for 10 to 20 years.


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


John Platter Wine Guide 4.5 Stars: “Green herbs and cassis, fortress-like tannin on 2014 cab-led 4-way Bordeaux blend. Broad shouldered, with a long, bone-dry finish that harmonises with evident but well-knit oak. More intense and youthfully stern than merlot-led 2013; both will beguile even more with few years cellaring.”

Wine Analysis

Wine of Origin:  Franschhoek, South Africa.

Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Merlot 40%, Malbec 10%, Petit Verdot 5%

Total Acid: 6.5 g/l
Residual sugar: 1.9 g/l
Alcohol: 14.37 %
Volume: 750 ml
Wood Ageing: 27 months French oak barriques