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To honour 60 years since its inception, Penfolds winemakers selected exemplar Bin 389 parcels to create this Limited Release. Encapsulating Penfolds time-honoured blending philosophy, this wine offers an alternative expression of a 2018 cabernet shiraz.
Deep lustrous magenta
Immediately fresh and lively.
Very South Australian – brazen formic plumes strut above, whilst polished boot leather aromatics lurk below.
Scents of dehydrated strawberry & raspberry coulis propelled ahead of more familial cherry pip & sarsaparilla. Overt & extrovert (sandalwood) oak, coupled with a mix of roasted nuts (pecan/pistachio/hazelnut/walnut), conspire to monopolise attention.
Awakened: Integrated fruit/oak/tannin – all melding together – a ‘congress’ of cabernet & shiraz niceties.
Noted: Fine acidity. Tannins that are fine & rounded. Both appetite-inducing!
Tasted: Red berries abound – cranberry & cherry pip ... and via this fruited conduit, enhanced natural acidity and flavour.
Acknowledged: Succulent, exuberant and certainly celebrating, not concealing oak.
Concluded: Very nicely balanced. Stylish & assured.
Remembered: The complete package – justifiably offering a respectful salute to the original Bin 389 blueprint.
Relatively dry conditions coupled with near long-term winter/spring temperatures indicated an early start to the growing season. Warm and sunny weather prevailed throughout spring providing optimal conditions for flowering and fruit-set. Barossa Valley experienced 22 days of temperature greater than 35°C in summer, while McLaren Vale experienced 17 days greater than 35°C. Coonawarra, Padthaway and Wrattonbully also had a warm, dry growing seasons by regional standards.
Late flowering and the delayed onset of veraison throughout the south-east slowed harvest by a few weeks. The warm, dry weather carried into autumn, setting up an Indian summer with favourable conditions for ripening both shiraz and cabernet sauvignon grapes.
Origin: McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Padthaway, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully
Maturation: 18 months in oak hogsheads (67% new)
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 7.1 g/L, pH: 3.58
Variety: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Shiraz