Cellar Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Barossa Valley Shiraz has only been made once in 2005. Coonawarra experienced a slightly warmer than usual, dry summer with the grapes ripening evenly and early. Overall, perfect vintage weather with no rain offered a great opportunity to make wines of classic varietal character and longevity. The Barossa Valley saw a good budburst and fruit set, followed by favourable growing conditions. This is an archetypal Penfolds wine, stylish ripe fruit aromas with ethereal barrel ferment characters hovering above, aka Kenyan dark roasted coffee/mocha. Ripe fig, fresh liquorice and an oscillating Cabernet and Shiraz interplay make for, as they say, a classic Australian Red aromatic offer. The palate is tight, solid and firm. Flavours are textured and layered - talc-like, grainy, fine tannins interweave with raspberry and other red fruit notes. With air, cinnamon and demi-glace pan juices slowly arise, although it is clear that not all is yet revealed. The 100% new oak is seen, but not heard.
On this page you can download the vintage release tasting notes. This wine was not tasted by the panellists convened for The Rewards of Patience (seventh edition).