“Cabernet interpreted (and imbibed!) via a Penfolds lens (and glass).”
“Upon reflection, and respectfully – not unlike a youthful and sprightly Bordeaux Right-Bank Merlot sourced off clay – all red fruits, cranberry.”
– Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
Vibrant crimson red
Soars brazenly, immediately cabernet – tomato relish/chutney, cassis.
Other fruits edge forward for shelf-space – yellow fleshed plum (El Dorado?) and ripe persimmon.
Intriguingly, other less assertive aromatics offer more complexity: sage soaked in butter/oil (pre-saltimbocca
preparation); olive leaf/turmeric spices, caper brine.
Reticent oak (cedar) noted – manifested as a seasoned/maturation character.
Medium-bodied; elegantly framed. No mid-palate deficiencies!
Blackcurrant and plum fruits sit alongside mocha/chocolate/walnut flavours.
Oak? A genteel (washed, older oak) character – affording a maturation, not a flavour imprint.
Mouth-watering with fine, rounded/polished tannins.
In sharp palate contrast – a finessed, varietally-driven alternative to the muscular and Grange-like Bin 707 Cabernet.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Robe.
Maturation: 12 months in French oak (21% new) and American oak (9% new) hogsheads
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.9 g/L, pH: 3.58
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking Now – 2038.