The Penfolds Collection

Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz 2015

Bin 8 has been crafted in the traditional Penfolds style. Ripe, balanced fruit flavours are supported by softly integrated oak resulting in a silky, smooth red wine. 

An early drinking style, which will keep for a few years, but is best soon after release.

 

When To Drink

Peak drinking window 2018 - 2024. 

Taste Description

Colour
Vibrant deep red.

Nose
An initial flourish/plume of pepper and peppermint, giving way to intriguing tarragon/oregano herbal notes.
Aromatically laminated: below - malt (Ovaltine) & boot polish; above - pastille & sugared fruits/jube/black jelly bean.
Oak sits comfortably… barely detected, respectful.

Palate
Fresh and lively.
Complete, full, balanced… good weight and length.
Earthy/mushroom complexities remain comfortable in the wake of a thrust of dark chocolate, mocha.
Gripping red fruits augment an appealing tannin/acidity attaque.

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From McLaren Vale, Wrattonbully, Fleurieu, and Coonawarra.

Maturation: 12 months in seasoned oak (79% American and 21% French).

Fermentation: Stainless steel fermenters with wooden header boards.

Variety: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions

Autumn and winter rainfall were above the long-term average. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with only light showers observed throughout spring. Low top soil moisture halted canopy growth early in the season giving vines an open canopy.

A significant rainfall event in early January was a defining moment, giving the vines a much needed boost during veraison.  February brought weekend heat spikes, pushing mean maximum temperatures well above the average resulting in early ripening and harvest. 

History

Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz was introduced in 2003 in response to an interest in Cabernet Shiraz blends. It is a classic Australian wine style that caught the attention of the international wine media.

Although Bin numbers were originally named after the original binning location after bottling, Bin 8 was given its number because it uses older oak previously used for Bin 128, Bin 28 and Bin 389 – with ‘8’ obviously providing the common thread.

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