2010 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon

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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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