<10 tasting notes
(McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Wrattonbully, Barossa, Padthaway, Barossa Valley and Coonawarra. Large proportion McLaren Vale fruit. 12 months in 12% new French and 14% new American oak. 14.5% alc, TA 6.5g/L, pH 3.59)
A brand new wine and looking pretty special. Lots of oak. Seasoned oak it may be but also obvious. Apparently Vale Cabernet makes up a large proportion of this, which could probably explain the more generous fruit. Almost Shiraz like generosity until you get to the finish which is again tannic and almost surly in its tannic raw beefiness. But it looks more real and classic Australianate in its style with more basket pressed style soft tannins than the 407 – very Penfolds and very Oz. I like this and it is going to be an awfully nice old Penfolds red in the future. You’d want to cellar it though. Ultimately this is half the price of the 2011 Bin 407 and I’d recommend this more. 18/20, 93/100+. Drink 2015-2028+.
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