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2018 Penfolds Superblend 802.B Cabernet Shiraz

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Australia, Barossa Valley , Penfolds
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
14.5%
Drink now or lay down
WA 97
New
Wine Maker's Notes

Even – an excellent line across palate; fine and persistent. Acidity – more than likely aligned to the fruit descriptors noted: cumquat, pomegranate and persimmon. A grated texture with gritty tannins … and its savoury demeanour also contributing to a ‘textural dryness’. Dusty, shaved dark-chocolate flavours (unlike nose) and a sprinkle of chocolate dust and sweet paprika. A challenge to unravel varietal components – no tension, relaxed in tandem.

Tasting Notes

Penfolds's 2018 802.B Superblend comes across as more refined and elegant than the 802.A. It's 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Shiraz, blended just after fermentation and then aged 19 months in 54% new French oak. The oak here is more integrated and subtler, while the density of the fruit is similar, with overtones of mocha and dark chocolate added to the mix of cassis and blackberry flavors. It's medium to full-bodied, silky and fine, with a long, lingering finish.

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