Penfolds Superblend 802-B Cabernet Shiraz 2018

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19 months in French hogsheads, 54% new and 46% one-year-old. The blend is 55% Cabernet and 45% Shiraz. These components were combined immediately post vintage. This is more like it. Black fruits, soy, spices, beef stock, chocolate and more importantly, the oak is far less dominant. The wine benefits from this and the texture is more supple, the wine more seamless. It is fresher, more finesse and better balanced. Good intensity and length. Good acidity here and very fine tannins. This should age and improve for two decades at least. This is by far the most convincing of the pair.

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