2018 penfolds, bin 169 cabernet sauvignon, coonawarra
Why We're Buying
Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon is the pinnacle of contemporary Australian winemaking. It’s an honest interpretation of the terroir, highlighted by intense fruit flavors, silky tannins, and spicy oak notes. According to Wine-Searcher.com, Bin 169 is the third most sought after cab from Coonawarra.
Robert Parker's 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.