2005 Robertson of Clare “Max V”. Clare Valley. 13.5%

Blend of the 5 classic Bordeaux varieties with 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5% Malbec, 10.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, 4.5% Petit Verdot.

Robertson of Clare "Max V" 1    Robertson of Clare "Max V" 2

What drew me to this wine 5 years ago was a huge 18/20 score and very positive comments from respected wine critic Jancis Robinson. Apparently it was the first release of this wine and they were asking big bucks at $80 per bottle. Decided to buy a 6 pack off the back of that review. I have to say that the first 4 wines did not really impress me and I wondered if I had made a mistake. The 5th wine was tried 2 years ago and it was a lot better. This was my 6th and last bottle.

Complex aromas of bay leaf, mint, leather, mushroom and cloves.

Plums, dark chocolates., dusty fine grained tannins. Tobacco, cedar, pomegranate molasses. Touch of porcini mushrooms / earthy character and bay leaf. Blackcurrants, sprinkling of herbs. Grew in stature and complexity over 3 days.

Sitting comfortably in its drinking window.

Excellent wine. Great example of getting the timing right with drinking wines that were made to be aged. They are not always going to show you everything in their youth.

Throwing a heavy sediment. Make sure you stand this up for at least a day before drinking and decant carefully to remove all sediment.

Purchased from Old Bridge Cellars for $70 in April 2009

Tasted 8th May 2014.

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.


  1. Hi – I found in my wine collection a bottle of the 2009 vintage of Robertson of Clare Max V. Would you suggest I treat it the same way as you have suggested?

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