Penfolds `Bin 8` Cabernet Shiraz 2012 (6 x 750mL), SA.

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Bin numbers were originally named after the original binning location after bottling, Bin 8 was given its number because it uses older oak previously used for Bin 128, Bin 28 and Bin 389 – with ‘8’ obviously providing the common thread.

SA - Other South Australian
South Australia

Expert Reviews

An attempt to fill the gap as the price of Bin 389 inflates, though a price rise this year takes Bin 8 into decisively premium territory. It's bright, lively and finely structured, defined by tangy, leafy cabernet fruit and fragrant violet perfume. Whether it has the back-palate weight or persistence to justify the price remains an open question.

Rating 91 - TS - Wine Companion - 27JUL14

A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz is a little closed on the nose, with pure blackcurrant and blackberry notes coming through along with some baking spices in the background. Medium-bodied with classic flavors, it is quite expressive in the mouth, with low to medium levels of grainy tannins carrying it through the long finish.19,500 cases were imported to the US. Drink it now to 2020.

Rating 90+ - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - - Feb14

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep youthful red


An instantly recognisable Cabernet Shiraz aromatic propulsion… with Cabernet notes more prominent than Shiraz at this stage. i.e. black olive, graphite and red-berried fruits. Not quite that simple, however, with anchovy, crackling and meat salt (Shiraz?) complexities lurking in the background. Oh, and a modicum of musk to add further intrigue.


Vibrant, with excellent grip – via a defined and focussed (linear) structure. Ripe, varietal Cabernet apparent – neither herbal nor leafy. Rhubarb, red-fruits and red jelly-crystal notes… verging toward a good, old-fashioned summer trifle treat. Palate bound by integrated oak and compliant tannins.

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SA - Other South Australian
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
Closure Type
Cork closure

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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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