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Penfolds Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

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Penfolds Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Tasting Chateau Latour 2000 in Bordeaux at the end of 2001 was one of the defining moments of my cabernet experience, and my first taste of 2010 Bin 169 last year brought flashbacks to that moment like no other tasting since. The colour is phenomenal, pitch black, with a vibrant purple rim. The bouquet is the epitome of cabernet definition, with cassis, blackcurrant, mint and lifted violets of profound purity, yet concentration I have only seen in the great vintages of Bordeaux. The palate is wound up tight, yet still displays crunchy fruit character, cabernet florals, personality and power at unfathomable levels, within a style that retains airspace and elegant refinement. The ability of this wine to encapsulate sheer concentration yet utterly poised and pristine structure is a paradox of the highest order. Its purity is unreserved and its fine, firm yet already beautifully integrated tannin profile declare this among the greatest cabernets to emerge from Penfolds yet. Like the truly great wines of the world, it shows balance and approachability now and yet will live effortlessly for half a century. Perhaps most remarkable of all is that the master blenders of Penfolds have achieved this feat from a single Coonawarra vineyard, simply named Block 10.
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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A single vineyard wine, matured for 14 months in new, fine-grained French oak, in which it finished the final stages of its fermentation. The bouquet is laden with cassis of starling purity, and while cedary oak is a major player, it is so well integrated it doesnÕt overwhelm, let alone challenge, the fruit. The tannin support is as remarkable as any other aspect of this wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Angus Hughson (2010 Vintage) says
Bright pristine leafy cassis cedars fragrant, beautifully light on its feet. Dry, firm, pure, firm tannin backbone softened by beautifully fine, pristine pure fine grained fruit. Long and superb. Classically proportioned mid weight Cabernet - long and plenty in the tank. Graceful, Margaux like - great concentration and balance. BLOCK 10. 14 months new French Oak.
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says

On paper, Bin 169 is to 707 what RWT is to Grange: single region in 100% new French oak rather than a multi-region blend in American oak. But the comparison strictly ends here because the style and aspiration of this wine hark to a more lofty place altogether. Bin 169 is baby Bin 620 – masterminded simultaneously, from the same region in the same vintage. Just two prized Penfolds blocks unite in a wine that enunciates the very definition of cabernet fruit purity of monumental proportions, while retaining the utter refinement of Coonawarra regional accuracy. At once bright and focused yet simultaneously powerful and intense; classic Penfolds tannins meet the genteel calm of French oak; ultra-fine yet devastatingly firm, with a finish of relentless endurance. Available exclusively direct from Penfolds.

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Angus Hughson (2008 Vintage) says
Pretty and pure choc mint/cassis fruit – beautifully restrained and elegant leading to a dry voluptuous palate that is both power packed and refined finishing with immaculate tannins and length. Made to age for 20 years plus. A mini Bin 620 and wine of the vintage.
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The wine spent 18 months in new French oak, and is fundamentally different from Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep purple-crimson, it has exceptional focus, intensity and length, cedary notes of French oak precisely woven through the vibrant blackcurrant fruit, reaching a crescendo on the finish. It follows in the footsteps of a one-off Coonawarra Cabernet from the 1973 vintage, also given the Bin 169 tag.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Named after a 1973 Bin 169 wine that was not blended with the Bin 170 Shiraz to form a Barossa/Coonawarra Special Bin. This is an inaugural release based on the 2008 Coonawarra Cabernet quality; it s placed very precisely on the map and is matured for 18 months in 100% new French oak hogsheads _ a counterpoint to Bin 707. There s fine mint and sweet, ripe, dark herbs on the nose, plenty of pure cassis and a wealth of chalky, fine-grained French timber. The palate has poise and grace, loads of vanillin, some licorice and smooth, fine tannins, very even, very long, unmistakably Australian and yet French in style _ the cabernet partner of the RWT Shiraz. Approximately 1000 cases made.
Good Wine Guide 2013

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