Penfolds `Bin 60A` Cabernet Shiraz 2004 (1 x 750mL), SA.

Exquisite parcels of Bock 20 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, Koonungal Hill and Kalimna Vineyard Barossa Shiraz were identified and separately vinified at Magill and Nuriootpa in open and closed headed down fermenters. Towards dryness, the wine was racked into 100% new oak where the wine completed fermentation. After malolactic fermentation, individual components were classified and then selected for inclusion into

the 2004 PENFOLDS Bin 60A blend.

Overview

Exquisite parcels of Bock 20 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, Koonungal Hill and Kalimna Vineyard Barossa Shiraz were identified and separately vinified at Magill and Nuriootpa in open and closed headed down fermenters. Towards dryness, the wine was racked into 100% new oak where the wine completed fermentation. After malolactic fermentation, individual components were classified and then selected for inclusion into

the 2004 PENFOLDS Bin 60A blend.

Region:
SA - Other South Australian
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

The release of the 2004 Bin 60A following the epic 1962 Bin 60A is old news now, but the wine was looking very fine indeed when I tasted it so I thought I’d add a note. Blended of 56% Coonawarra Cabernet from Block 20 and 44% Barossa Shiraz from Koonunga Hill Block 56G and Kalimna Blocks 4 and 14, the wine was matured in 100% new American oak hogsheads for 13 months. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers restrained notes of game, smoked meat, earth, blackberry and black currant liqueurs, yeast, marmite-toast plus whiffs of dried lavender, cedar and bark. Very crisp, very tight and very firm, this taut medium-bodied wine is still all structure at this stage, going very long and earthy in the finish. Give it time and consider broaching it from 2014. It should drink well into the 2030s if not beyond.

With a lot of changes happening around the Foster’s Group, it is business as usual at Penfolds…which seems to operate within its own world. But this is no small world. The vineyard holdings here are vast and the connections with growers go back generations. Chief winemaker Peter Gago is the very well spoken front-man for the production team backed-up Kym Schroeter in charge of the whites and Steve Lienert crafting some very fine, consistent and sometimes inspired reds. If Champagne is all about the art of blending, then Penfolds is the Champagne of Australian wine. Those that think large companies producing wines that emphasize blending can’t make great wines need to think about the Champagne model or simply try some of Penfolds top wines to become believers. That said – check out their recent single vineyard release: the very special 2004 Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon, the first release of a wine made purely from this 100+ year old single block (perhaps the oldest block of Cabernet in the world?) since 1996.

Rating 99+ Drink: 2014 - 2030 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (DEC/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes

The Special Bin Red releases reflect a culture of research, experimentation and innovation at Penfolds. This goes beyond winemaking to consideration of vineyard site, vineyard management and fruit selection.

Bin 60A is Penfolds' most successful show wine ever, having won 19 trophies and 33 gold medals in a relatively brief period. The 1962 Bin 60A is considered by many to be the greatest Australian wine ever made.

In 2004 parcels of wine were identified as showing similar characteristics to the 1962 Bin 60A. A wine was made paying homage to the 1962 and was sold en primeur - Penfolds was the first Australian winery to use this selling method made famous by the chateaux of Bordeaux.

Colour

Deep in colour.

Aroma

This youthful, elemental wine shows a miraculous overlapping of aromas and flavours. The regional characters of both Coonawarra and the Barossa Valley are finely poised.

Palate

The highly perfumed, chamomile/violet/mocha aromas, immense concentration, savoury flavours and classically structured palate are in superb balance. This beautifully defined, cross-regional/ varietal with its meaty nuanced and fine-grained tannins will continue to evolve in the cellar for decades.

Cellaring Potential

2012-2040