Penfolds Cellar Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Cellar Reserve

Cellar Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.

The 2012 Cellar Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon is a contemporary interpretation of one of Australia’s most profound regional and varietal alignments. Regionally expressive with tell-tale Coonawarra aromas of cassis, black olive and complexing herbs, inscribed with the famous ‘Coonawarra line’ across the palate – a modern twist, yet always respectful of the Penfolds style.

When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking window now - 2030.

Taste Description

Bright crimson red.

Proclaims Coonawarra, shouts Cabernet (respectfully!).
Tomato leaf, carpaccio and cassis weave their varietal magic.
Wafts of nutmeg, cardamom – possibly French oak-derived?
French polish ‘complexities’ offer a sampling of what awaits ahead in bottle, in cellar. 

Medium to full-bodied.
Overt – black olive, tomato consommé and mulberry.
Covert – sage/burnt butter ‘impressions’.
Grainy, malty tannins play with pithy, citrus acidity – both respectful of their Quercus landlord.
Savoury rather than fruity. 

Technical Information

Origin: Coonawarra, South Australia.

Maturation: 13 months in 100% new French oak hogsheads.

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage Conditions

Winter rainfall was lower than the long-term average for most parts of South Australia, including Coonawarra. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December, merging into a mild summer, with a few short periods of heat.

The mild daytime temperatures and cool evenings throughout the ripening period allowed impressive flavour development, without inflated baumés.

First Vintage: 2005