2010 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon image

Created to reflect Penfolds 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. An honest reflection of the region and a testament of Penfolds longstanding commitment to the vineyards of Coonawarra.



COLOR: Vibrant purple. Dense core.



NOSE: Initially tell-tale cassis, black olive aromas with a suggestion of sun-dried tomato, beetroot juice and a modicum of mint.



Yet beneath, a layer of ‘varietal complication’— dandelion, bayleaf, North-African spices... mustard powder, cumin.



The next layer nonchalantly and unhurriedly unfurls to reveal a root-vegetable (earthy, stock/broth) combination of parsnip and celeriac.



And finally to complicate (sorry, complex) further— dried rose-petal/tarragon/thyme. Oak? 100% new, yet concealed in the shadow of the more imposing descriptors above!



PALATE: Classically apportioned—an acid-tannin tension reinforcing an unmistakable ‘Coonawarra Line’across the palate.



Precision, defined. This tannin-acid duet renders a nervier, added dimension... more than that contributed via the palate’s cranberry, persimmon and pomegranate fruit grip/bite.



Also, Moroccan preserved lemon, star anise and smokey paprika (barrel-ferment induced?) elements serve to further complex a varietal cassis and black olive flavor base. An overtly long, enduring finish.


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