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Penfolds Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Penfolds Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


$ 299.99 /bottle by the straight dozen
Single bottle price $300.99
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Why to buy:
  • 98 Point Rated Tony Love

  • 98 Point Rated Huon Hooke The Real Review

  • 97 Point Rated James Halliday Wine Companion

  • 96 Point Rated Robert Parker Wine Advocate

  • 96 Point Rated Decanter

Vintage: 2018
Source/Region: Coonawarra, South Australia
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar 10+ years
Bottle Top: Foil over cork
Alcohol Content: 14.50
Standard Drinks: 8.60
Rating: 98
Tasting Notes:

Bright plum red. Fragrant, lively. Soars! Alluring – an innocent sniff certainly draws you immediately back to the glass, soon to tempt that hurried first ingestion. An array of glacéed fruits – red-infused jube and pastille notes. Aromas remind of flambé crêpe suzette with the faintest hint of (Grand Marnier) orange. A suggestion of oak – linked to scents of dry tea leaf (Earl Grey)? But an infant! Shouts Coonawarra! An immediate proclamation at first sip. Red fruits swamp the palate – raspberry, cranberry, redcurrant, rhubarb ... and a little cassis. No mid-palate deficit – this cabernet’s mouth-watering acidity and succulence fill all gaps. Grainy, highly defined / high-resolution tannins – right across the palate, in tandem with supportive oak. A balanced density and volume. Expansive.


Created to reflect a Penfolds contemporary wine making approach, emphasising both regionality and maturation of cabernet sauvignon in fine-grained French oak. A style that is immediately Penfolds, whilst simultaneously illustrative of its ongoing search for diversity and style separation. An honest reflection of the region bearing testament of Penfolds longstanding commitment to the vineyards of Coonawarra. Coonawarra enjoyed near long-term average winter rainfall, and slightly below average spring rainfall. Following a frost event on November 4th temperatures were generally warmer, +3.6°C above average thanks to a combination of high minimum and maximum temperatures. Coonawarra experienced 13 days greater than 35°C during the months of January, February and March, with the longest spell spanning 3 days (17th – 19th January). The hottest day recorded was 42°C on January 19th. From December to mid-April conditions were very dry, delivering only 50mm, which is half the normal rainfall. Subsequently, there was no disease pressure. Mild conditions prevailed over the harvest, allowing grapes to ripen with optimal flavour and fine tannins. An excellent vintage for Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon. 18 months in French oak hogsheads (50% new)

Accolades & Awards:

98 Point Rated - Tony Love
"This year's Special Bin release is Bin 169 Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018: A really sophisticated, almost understated, seductive and compelling wine and highly recommended. It grows and grows as you sip and savour" ”

98 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"Very deep, dark, youthful purple/red colour, impressive in the glass. The bouquet is reserved and understated, with more earthy, savoury aromas coming first followed by cassisy cabernet-like nuances, the palate more elegant than expected with lovely purity of concentrated blackberry, blackcurrant cabernet fruit skilfully welded to neatly integrated oak characters. A cracking wine, concentrated but in no way heavy or overwrought. Indeed, it has real elegance. A delicious wine, and there's much more to come for those who are patient."

97 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion
"This is a close relative of RWT Bin 798 – single region and 100% French oak –  and is dramatically different from Bin 707. This is a purist's cabernet, turning its face on the mastery of the regional blending that is the birthmark of the Penfolds red wine style. Vive la difference. Tannin is the heartbeat here, cassis and olive tapenade wrapped around the tannin, not vice versa. A roasted side of baby lamb is the way to go."

96 Point Rated - Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
"In effect, this is to Bin 707 as RWT is to Grange, a single-region expression of a classic regional variety, aged in 100% French oak. Would that it were priced similarly to RWT, but production is more limited, and the Chinese have seemingly fallen in love in Cabernet. The 2018 Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (there was no 2017 bottled) boasts sumptuous aromas of ripe cassis, accented by hints of vanilla, cedar shavings, tobacco and baking spices. It's full-bodied, plush and velvety, but with a firm spine at its core that drives home the lengthy finish and strong varietal identity. Ideally, it needs a few years in the cellar to show its best, with potential longevity of two decades or more."

96 Point Rated - Decanter
"Everything alluring about Cabernet is on show here: regal lift and power on the nose, then a more subtle reveal on the palate through gossamer layers of cranberry, cassis, raspberry and fresh-cut herbs. Nothing showy but every component is in its right place. This proud declaration speaks deliberately of region and varietal character, and its bedrock of firm black tannins suggests that it has much more to reveal as it matures. "

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