Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 9 2012

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91 points James Suckling: A new wine sitting below the 407 in the hierarchy, this has a very distinctive Cabernet nose with cassis and a red currant edge, leafy and gently stony, some juicy tannin and taut tangy Cabernet flesh. Quite approachable with the right amount of sturdy Penfolds styling overlaid. (3/10/14)

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Winery: Penfolds Wines
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Penfolds Wines:
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

External Reviews for Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 9

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/08/2014

The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon had only just been bottled when tasted. It is intensely scented of fresh blackcurrants and blackberries with hints of pencil shavings, cloves and thyme. Medium-bodied and held up by a firm backbone of chewy tannins and crisp acid, the taut fruit finishes with good length, if a little overly herbal. 14,500 bottles were made. Drink it now to 2020+.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/08/2014

Opaque ruby. Classic cabernet scents of cassis, dried cherry, cured tobacco and cedary oak, plus a peppery topnote. Chewy in texture and light on its feet, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a touch of anise. A subtle herbal quality emerges with air and carries through the focused, youthfully tannic finish.



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91 points James Suckling: A new wine sitting below the 407 in the hierarchy, this has a very distinctive Cabernet nose with cassis and a red currant edge, leafy and gently stony, some juicy tannin and taut tangy Cabernet flesh. Quite approachable with the right amount of sturdy Penfolds styling overlaid. (3/10/14)

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