Decades of investment in new vineyards across the best wine regions of South Australia afforded the Penfolds winemaking team the opportunity to craft a new wine, designated Bin 9. The first vintage was made at the Penfolds Nuriootpa winery in 2012. Adherent to Penfolds multi-regional philosophy, Bin 9 is sourced from vineyards across South Australia with a significant portion sourced from the ancient soils of McLaren Vale. Grapes were carefully selected on merit to suit this contemporary expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. Bin 9 can be enjoyed in the full flush of youth or cellared for the medium-term. A hallmark of the Bin wines is their ability to gain something extra with the passage of time. Further bottle maturation of this Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon will yield layers of complexity that are for now hiding behind brooding, youthful fruit and subtle oak.
Fresh, with a relaxed European demeanour. Boysenberry, rhubarb and Granny Smith apple fruits are at the fore. Freshly dried herbs follow, woven around a mesh of tomato puree, celeriac and anise. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, deftly proportioned. Red liquorice, sour-cherry, blackcurrant pastille…converging to a pomegranate acid ‘bite’ on the finish. Tannins – fine and elongated, classy. Background oak, with just a faint suggestion of cedar.
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