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Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignons are an important fragment of the Penfolds story. They are magical wines, steeped in nineteenth-century Barossa Valley heritage, and possess ‘an ethereal dimension and saturated blackness on the palate’.
The recent 2004 vintage resulted in beautifully aromatic, perfectly balanced and ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. The next release will be dependent on a bit of luck, ideal weather conditions and the right parcels of fruit.
Will continue to develop and evolve with careful cellaring. Peak drinking window now - 2030.
Only ever released in 1953, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1996 and 2004.
Block 42 played a critical role in the development of Grange. Max Schubert experimented with parcels of Block 42 Cabernet during the development phase of Grange and it was occasionally blended into the early Grange vintages.
Dense in colour.
Intense blackcurrant, dark chocolate and liquorice aromas.
Fine, silky tannins and richly concentrated flavours are in perfect harmony. The sheer volume and weight of fruit explodes across the palate, giving tremendous depth and length of flavour.
Origin: Block 42 Kalimna Vineyard, Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Maturation: Fermentation was completed in medium toast, new 300L oak hogsheads, before the wine underwent 13 months barrel fermentation.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.