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
Dark magenta, with a deeper/darker core.
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.
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.
|Cultivar||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
14.5% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||10.9 units|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|
|Food Matches||Coorong mullet cooked over vines, Tasmanian black truffle and baby herbs|