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Wrattonbully, Padthaway, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Langhorne Creek. 14 months in 22% new French oak and 78% American hogsheads (19% new, 16% 1yo, 43% seasoned). 14.5%. pH 3.56. TA 6.7g/L. $80.
Open and genuinely varietal. There’s some spearmint and leaf about this, the tannins driving what is an utterly varietal Penfolds Cabernet style. The mintiness is divisive, but I like that this speaks in a Cabernet tongue first, Penfolds second. There’s chocolatey richness that drives the middle too. The problem is the finish – it is abrasive, resinous and hard, looking astringent and brutal. Good start, but not the greatest of congruency to finish. I came back to this after the 707 and it looked genuinely awkward. 17/20, 90/100
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