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A wine of exceptional character and pedigree. This contemporary shiraz and expressive cabernet sauvignon blend exudes Penfolds House Style, with regional representation from both Barossa Valley and Coonawarra.
An exuberant wine balancing length and opulence, while remaining elegant and poised.
Vibrant dark cherry
Immediately unleashed - a rush of raspberry and liqueur chocolate laced with cocoa powder.
Lurking beneath – scents of uncured meats – arguably carpaccio replete with salted capers.
And above - wafts of sandalwood (oak?), sumac spice and alluring volatiles sublime and fill the glass.
Shiraz cabernet or cabernet shiraz? Hard to ID, and really no need…
Dark & brooding, extolling an automatic presence and assured stature.
A lush amalgam of dark satsuma plum & mulberry fruits abet ripe tannins and supportive acidity.
100% new oak is certainly well aligned and structurally dovetailed – excuse the pun.
Texturally seamless, no edges.
Impressive length and dimension. Neither timid nor brutish; balanced.
Above-average winter and spring rainfall offered vines in the Barossa Valley healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Coonawarra had a warm growing season, by regional standards, with average rainfall.
For both regions, weather conditions during ripening were generally dry with prevailing conditions favouring fully ripened grapes with well developed colours and flavours.
Origin: Barossa Valley and Coonawarra
Maturation: 16 months in French oak hogsheads (100% new)
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 7.1 g/L , pH: 3.53
Variety: 59% Shiraz, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon