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2008 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon

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2008 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes

The 2008 vintage of Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon is the inaugural release. Bin 169 was created to reflect Penfolds contemporary winemaking approach emphasizing both regionality and maturation of Cabernet Sauvignon in fine-grained French oak. The Penfolds Bin 169 is 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

Colour 

Dark magenta, with a deeper/darker core.

Nose

Regal, yet modern. Lifted high notes – an intriguing mix of root vegetables … rhubarb, turnip, radish, parsnip, white chocolate and clove. No mint detected. However, scents of blackberry conserve, fig paste, black olive, oregano, bayleaf, paprika do appear on the aromatic radar. A hint of oak, replete with mustard powder/Indian spice artifact. Fresh wafts of new, sweet polished leather.

Palate

Lively, stylish, confidently and assertively medium-bodied, Coonawarra. Rhubarb compote carries over onto the palate, energised by blackcurrant and quince allies and red fruits (cranberry and persimmon). Tomato chutney/relish/pulp… giving way to savoury tapenade, Dutch red licorice. The feature here is texture … structurally woven, a mesh rather than a coating – tightened by oak, bound by powdery Coonawarra Cabernet tannins. Good grip, natural acidity. Deep and long.


Specifications

Year 2008
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Country Australia
Alcohol content
14.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.9 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential 2032
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches Coorong mullet cooked over vines, Tasmanian black truffle and baby herbs
Origin Coonawarra
Appellation South Australia