Exceptional vintage conditions in the Barossa Valley in 1996 presented Penfolds winemakers with the opportunity to make this one-off, special bin wine in the tradition of the legendary Bin 60A, Bin 7 and Bin 90A.
Penfolds Kalimna Block 42 was made from a single block -- Block 42' or Golf Course Block' -- of the renowned Penfolds Kalimna vineyard, the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Australia. The wine was made from the same 110-year-old patch of vines from which came Max Schubert's 1953 Grange Cabernet', the first (1964) vintage of Bin 707 and the 1963 Bin 64 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon, which won the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy in 1964.
Penfolds Block 42 is a captivating example of a single block of high-quality Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon, featuring concentrated varietal flavours, complexity of balanced oak and a fine tannin finish. Experience has shown that wines sourced from this prestigious block are capable of long-term cellaring in optimum conditions. Enjoy it with a casserole or roast beef.
Nose: Compelling savoury and spicy notes -- ginger, nutmeg and cardamom -- interwoven with carob/dark chocolate flavours against a background of lightly charred, cedary oak.
Palate: Archetypical Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon -- perfectly balanced and integrated with no rough edges. Concentrated fruits -- blackcurrant and dark plum -- merge into the chocolate and licorice spectrum. Hints of black olive and mineral elements. Rounded fine tannins in synergy with supportive oak.