Penfolds Superblend 802-A Cabernet Shiraz 2018


802-A spent its time in American oak, 22 months, 100% new. The blend is 68% Cabernet and 32% Shiraz, with the components blended after maturation. Opaque colouring with vibrant purple on the rim. There is oak here. Vanillin notes, good concentration. Chocolate, black fruits, leather, mulberries and cloves, but for me, at this stage, the oak is too dominant. The wine is powerful and dense. There is length but the flavours are very much upfront and there was not the anticipated intensity on the finish. Curious. There is obviously both quality oak and fruit, but it has not come together in the way one might expect. Time might solve some issues, though I remain, shall we say, not completely convinced. I must confess I was expecting better.