Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 750mL bottle

The Penfolds Collection

Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Created to reflect a contemporary winemaking approach, emphasising both regionality and maturation of cabernet sauvignon in fine grained French oak. A style that is immediately Penfolds, whilst simultaneously illustrative of its ongoing search for diversity and style separation. A classic reflection of the region and a testament of Penfolds longstanding commitment to the vineyards of Coonawarra.

When To Drink
Continue cellaring. Peak drinking 2023 - 2040.
Taste Description

Bright plum red

Fragrant, lively. Soars!
Alluring – an innocent sniff certainly draws you immediately back to the glass, soon to tempt that hurried first ingestion.
An array of glacéed fruits – red-infused jube and pastille notes.
Aromas remind of flambé crêpe suzette with the faintest hint of (Grand Marnier) orange.
A suggestion of oak – linked to scents of dry tea leaf (Earl Grey)?
But an infant!

Shouts Coonawarra! An immediate proclamation at first sip.
Red fruits swamp the palate – raspberry, cranberry, redcurrant, rhubarb … and a little cassis.
No mid-palate deficit – this cabernet’s mouth-watering acidity and succulence fill all gaps.
Grainy, highly defined / high-resolution tannins – right across the palate, in tandem with supportive oak.
A balanced density and volume. Expansive.



98 Points Tony Love

98 Points - Huon Hooke

97 Points - Nick Stock,

97 Points - James Halliday

19.5+/20 Points - Matthew Jukes

96 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

96 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

96 Points - David Sly, Decanter Magazine

95 Points - Ken Gargett, The World of Fine Wine Magazine

Winemaker Quotes

“An expected long life ahead for this 2018 vintage Bin 169 – Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon certainly has the track record. Ditto Penfolds.”

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Technical Information

Origin: Coonawarra, South Australia.

Maturation: 18 months in French oak hogsheads (50% new)

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 7.1 g/L, pH: 3.56

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.


Vintage Conditions
Coonawarra enjoyed near long-term average winter rainfall, and slightly below average spring rainfall. Following a frost event on November 4th temperatures were generally warmer, +3.6°C above average thanks to a combination of high minimum and maximum temperatures. Coonawarra experienced 13 days greater than 35°C during the months of January, February and March, with the longest spell spanning 3 days (17th – 19th January). The hottest day recorded was 42°C on January 19th. From December to mid-April conditions were very dry, delivering only 50mm, which is half the normal rainfall. Subsequently, there was no disease pressure. Mild conditions prevailed over the harvest, allowing grapes to ripen with optimal flavour and fine tannins. An excellent vintage for Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon.

Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our newest regional Coonawarra wines.  This gorgeously scented and richly concentrated wine is steeped in the origins of our modern winemaking traditions. 

A contemporary showcase of cabernet and Coonawarra. 

“An expected long life ahead
for this 2018 vintage Bin 169 –
Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon
certainly has the track record.
Ditto Penfolds.”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker