Penfolds Bin 169 CWA Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750ml
Created to reflect a 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 bearing testament of Penfolds longstanding commitment to the vineyards of Coonawarra.
When to drink
Continue cellaring. Peak drinking 2022 - 2042
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.