Penfolds Cabernet Shiraz 60th Anniversary Limited Release 2018 750ml Bottle

Limited Editions

Penfolds Cabernet Shiraz 60th Anniversary Limited Release 2018

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.

When To Drink
Will develop and evolve for many decades with careful cellaring. Peak drinking window 2022 – 2052.
Taste Description

Deep lustrous magenta

mmediately 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.

Growing Regions

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.

Technical Information

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