Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz 2016, a multi district blend, South Australia
80% Shiraz and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon with 12 months in French oak and American oak (9% new).
Crafted in the traditional Penfolds style, drawing fruit from vineyards throughout South Australia including, Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway, Wrattonbully and Robe.
Tasting notes from the winemaker Peter Gago
Nose Cabernet hallmarks are more prominent than what the composition would suggest ... white pepper, blackberry leaf and punnets of fresh raspberries ascend. Well seasoned carpaccio, brine and sea salt purity…? Red fruits and liquorice, from the Shiraz or the Cabernet? Source unknown! A quintessential Australian blend, yet still “modern” in identity.
Palate Shiraz foundations emerge with generosity and vinous energy. A steely, graphite core and rhubarb succulence imprint. A defined and focussed structure emerges … a trait that is often mentioned across previous vintages of Bin 8 ... it is at home here! At first the tannin structure is grainy, and becomes powder-like in texture upon sitting in the glass…. Hungarian paprika, pomegranate and berry coulis abound. French and American oak each offer support … contributing to the spice spectrum, binding the palate and ensuring compliant tannins.
Bin 8 has been crafted in the traditional Penfolds style. Ripe, balanced fruit flavours are supported by softly integrated oak resulting in a silky, smooth red wine. It was introduced in response to an interest in Cabernet Shiraz blends, a classic Australian wine style that caught the attention of the international wine media. Although Bin numbers were originally named after the original binning location after bottling, Bin 8 was given its number because it uses older oak previously used for Bin 128, Bin 28 and Bin 389, with ‘8’ obviously providing the common thread.