Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Country: Australia Region:
District: South Australia
Grapes Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
(JS=97) A very elegantly complex nose with meticulously fresh aromas that range from red florals to violets, blueberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and such sweetly perfumed cedary-oak spice. The palate has a very elegant, focused and piercingly central delivery of fine tannins, carrying pristine redcurrant and blackcurrant flavours. Seamlessly long, superfine and really packed with concentrated, contained, red-cherry and redcurrant flavours. Impressive. Drink or hold.
(WS=96) A stunning red, dense and fleshy and aromatic, with beautiful fine-grained tannins and a symphony of details. Cassis and blueberry flavours are bursting with juicy intensity at the core, showing notes of black tea, Kalamata olive, palo santo and marzipan, with a touch of fresh, sweet mint that lingers. A note of loam adds a savoury touch, with a whiff of dried violet and a long, memorable finish. Drink now through 2040.
(WA=96) In effect, this is to Bin 707 as RWT is to Grange, a single-region expression of a classic regional variety, aged in 100% French oak. Would that it was priced similarly to RWT, but production is more limited, and the Chinese have seemingly fallen in love in Cabernet. The 2018 Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (there was no 2017 bottled) boasts sumptuous aromas of ripe cassis, accented by hints of vanilla, cedar shavings, tobacco and baking spices. It's full-bodied, plush and velvety, but with a firm spine at its core that drives home the lengthy finish and strong varietal identity. Ideally, it needs a few years in the cellar to show its best, with a potential longevity of two decades or more.