Penfolds `Bin 389` Cabernet Shiraz 2008 (6 x 750mL), SA.

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A welcome wet winter and a moderate, dry spring encourage steady early season growth, setting up for a text- book harvest. Cool and dry conditions during the start of summer were describe as perfect, conducive to excellent flavour, colour and phenolic development. A record 15 day heatwave, starting on the 3rd March created a major interruption, inducing a vintage of two distinct halves - a statement pertaining to the profound differences in quality of fruit picked before and after the heat spell. Weighted- average vintage charts may not do justice to the South Australian harvest in 2008. Penfolds reds will.

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A welcome wet winter and a moderate, dry spring encourage steady early season growth, setting up for a text- book harvest. Cool and dry conditions during the start of summer were describe as perfect, conducive to excellent flavour, colour and phenolic development. A record 15 day heatwave, starting on the 3rd March created a major interruption, inducing a vintage of two distinct halves - a statement pertaining to the profound differences in quality of fruit picked before and after the heat spell. Weighted- average vintage charts may not do justice to the South Australian harvest in 2008. Penfolds reds will.

Region:
AUS - Multi-regional
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Strong purple-crimson; there is a cohesive element to the Bin releases of ’08, all showing very good fruit concentration and balance, as with the blackberry and blackcurrant flavours and tannins of this wine. Excellent cellaring potential. Rating 95 - Drink by 2030, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (JAN/2011)

Winery Tasting Notes

Varietal Makeup: Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Shiraz (48%)

Colour

A dense, dark, dark purple core.

Aroma

An instant allure, an inviting and tempting aromatic advance. A veritable baker's/ winemaker's kitchen: Firstly, scents of freshly baked and dressed Black Forest Cake, replete with dark chocolate and assorted berries, cherries. Then, aromas of Bread & Butter Pudding/ Nut Loaf, adorned with dates, sultanas and walnuts. Brazenly hovering above - wafts of fresh pipe tobacco coupled with higher notes of beeswax - polished leather.

Palate

Lush, expansive and succulent. Balanced, lingering - colluded via conspiring tannins lurking behind masses of blackcurrant and mulberry fruits and a mix of lliquorice and mocha. Oak is completely absorbed, yet barrel- ferment complexities still stake their claim.

Food Matching

Mayura Wagyu, sweet corn, house sprouted legumes and crisp sprout leaves (Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, Spring Menu 2010).

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