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Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet-Shiraz 2012

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14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep youthful red color. An instantly recognizable 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 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.

Blend: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 43% Shiraz

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JS 92
James Suckling
A newer wine that is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz, sourced from the Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. The nose is quiet striking, there's a nicely crafted oak element layered into the mix, the Shiraz comes across flambouyant and chocolatey, the Cabernet adds leafy notes. There's a little dark olive and plenty of dark fruit flavours on the palate, great depth and well-judged ripeness. This is succulent and rich, quite silky and even, showing plums and spice, deep red and purple fruit flavours, some gentle mocha oak and smooth, approachable layered tannins.
JH 91
Australian Wine Companion
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.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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: 91+
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
A blend of cabernet sauvignon (57 percent) and shiraz, this is saturated with meaty fruit. It has the richness and generous, mouthfilling texture of much more expensive wines, the flash presented here without any overt sweetness and with a touch of green herb in the tannins that keeps it real.
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Penfolds Wines, McLaren Vale, Australia
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Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of stand-out wines both white and red have been released under the Penfolds masthead.

Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker and only the 4th custodian of Grange, relishes the opportunity to bring Penfolds to the world stage and is an enthusiastic ambassador and natural educator. Penfolds came to the attention of the US market when 1990 Grange was Wine Spectator’s ‘Wine of the Year’. Since then, Penfolds Grange has become one of the most collectable wines of the world and was honored to grace the front cover, once again, of Wine Spectator, with declarations of Grange as Australia’s Icon.

McLaren Vale

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style. Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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