2016 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon
Vibrant dark red
Instantly, varietal Coonawarra, replete with terra rossa dust.
Agreed, aromatically ticks all the regional/varietal boxes: primarily blackcurrant, crème de cassis, black olive, aniseed, and a hint of violet.
Yet there’s much more to intrigue – cinnamon bark/stick, chocolate truffle dust/copha powder, dried porcini mushroom.
Oak well hidden, hesitantly arising sometime later sitting in glass. Surely not ashamed at being completely new?
And French. Unlikely.
Defined – structurally, an assertive firm line striding across a buffed core.
And yet, still lively and vivacious – an intriguing palate that unfolds, or more aptly volatilises/sublimes.
Flavours suggestive of Italian meats (shaved ham, prosciutto and venison), overlaying a cedar/spice base.
Lively acidity and phenolics – cranberry and pomegranate the offending partners. Cranberry the major suspect, consorted by pomegranate. Rhubarb not reported.
Sits confidently on palate. Balanced, complete.
Rainfall was significantly below the long-term average for the entire growing season, while above average temperatures prevailed. Budburst, flowering, veraison and harvest were all earlier than expected of Coonawarra. The time between budburst and flowering was the fastest on record at 58 days. December was especially warm with nine days recorded over 35°C. By contrast January and February were much milder, delivering an extended ripening period that was ideal for high quality cabernet sauvignon.
Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our newest regional Coonawarra wines. This gorgeously scented and richly concentrated wine is steeped in the origins of our modern winemaking traditions.
A contemporary showcase of cabernet and Coonawarra.
Coonawarra, South Australia.
13 months in new French oak hogsheads.
Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 3.61 g/L, pH: 6.7.
“Delivered to blueprint – regional, cool climate and chalky cabernet.”
“Tight and focussed. Tightly-wound. Tense. Textbook.”
“Be selfish – don’t share. Well, only if you must. Sparingly.”
- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker