Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz

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Vintage History:

1966 Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz is one of the most famous wines of the 1960s. Similar vintage conditions inspired Penfolds to make 2008 Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz, an homage wine.
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Origin 1966: Sharam’s Block and Block 20 (Cabernet Sauvignon), Coonawarra. 2008: Blocks 5, 10 and 20, Coonawarra.
Maturation Fermentation completed and then maturation for 12 months in new American and French oak hogsheads (300 litres).
Fermentation Stainless steel tanks with wooden header boards to submerge cap. Temperature maintained at less than 22°C. Daily rack and returns.
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
First Vintage 1966.
98 points 2013 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) Bin 620 Cabernet Shiraz 2008

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Behind Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz

Peter Gago
Penfolds Chief Winemaker

"A proud Australian blend, Cabernet and Shiraz, reunited across these three Penfolds Coonawarra vineyards for the first time in over four decades."

"Magill open fermenters, Nuriootpa static fermenters; basket and membrane presses; barrel fermentation; new French and American oak; Time proven."

"This is not a simple wine. Nor is it a blockbuster. Classic Penfolds Coonawarra."


Spring received above average rain which reduced frost pressure. The rest of the growing season from December - March was very dry, with only 25mm in late January to freshen the vines pre-veraison. High temperatures in short bursts in January necessitated careful water management to maintain canopy function and vine health, which excelled in the vineyards through to harvest. Between the short hot spells the temperatures were cool to mild which created appealing flavour development.