A wine still coming together, working it out. Each piece of the wine puzzle – fruit, tannins, oak – revolves around the other, but is yet to mesh fully. And amongst it all, there is a level of savouriness that builds. Interesting Bin 128 here.
Black and blue fruits, violet, blackberry leaf, roasted coffee grounds introduce a wine very different in style to the general Penfolds portfolio. Coonawarra lends itself easily to structure, a linear quality, fine in tannins and black fruited intensity. It’s all here. Set amongst the herb notes, the berries and dense background, a savoury meatiness arises, of smoked charcuterie, meat extract. It brings with it a warm mid-palate texture continuing through to a sinewy, dry finish.