PENFOLDS BIN 407 CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
Deep and prominent – solid red
Where to start? So immediately true to variety. Punchy, not shy. Beneath: Subtle forest floor earthiness, laced with liquorice, fennel and anise with a sceric of non-aggressive fresh spearmint. Above: Sugar pastille wafts – somewhat reminiscent of the fruit bon bons of youth … more prescriptively/realistically – blackcurrant jelly bean. In between: Summer pudding fruit generosity – suggestive of a cherry clafoutis? Or maybe a fleshy red cherry trifle, avec sponge cake? Yes please. Absorbed: Stylish/coiffured oak … want to say classy, but might sound pretentious? Next time.
Bountiful red cabernet fruits complexed by cut tobacco (pouch) and darkened spices. Seamless, with a tightness/tension between acidity and tannins. These tannins are ripe and friendly – currently perceived as fruit, not oak tannins. Oak – quite possibly partially contributing to the sweetness apparent on palate? Flavour and length. Lingers.
PEAK DRINKING 2020 – 2032
LAST TASTED July 2018