Penfolds Bin 600 Cabernet Shiraz 2019
This Australian style “claret” out of three US west coast regions has a wonderful back story. In 1998, Penfolds planted a selection of vine cuttings from its South Australian Kalimna and Magill Estate vineyards in California, and now, in this wine, grapes from those original travellers take their time-honoured place. The blend is 83% cabernet and 17% shiraz from Napa Valley, Sonoma and Paso Robles, matured for 17 months in, unsurprisingly, American oak, 40% new. While the fruit notes are all about ripe, sweet, dark berries, this is more a celebration of savoury elements, olive paste especially, charcuterie as well. Palate flavours are rich and complete, enhanced with a wrap of sweet, baking-spicy American oak. Familiar and welcoming with classic Penfolds manners.