This rich and robust red is a joy to drink now or, for the patient, put it down for later with a peak drinking time between now and 2037.
On the nose, higher notes of custard with meaty pan juices, with darker edges of black pudding and asphalt underneath.
A deep dense magenta, this wine flows over the palate with red fruit and grain flavours of oates, barely and wheat. With an acidity of 7.0g/L this wine is both chewy and succulent with prominent 2015 elongated tannins and the barest hints of oak.
Tony Love and James Halliday score it 98 and 97 points respectively. It has the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the richness of shiraz, and a judicious balance of fruit and oak.
Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
“A balanced completeness.”
97 – James Halliday, The Wine Companion
“Matured for 12 months in American hogsheads (32% new). Unapologetically made with the don’t fix if it isn’t broken aphorism. It is tightly structured, with faultless attention to detail – wheels within wheels stuff, but inexorable in sending its black fruits (blackberry, blackcurrant) flavour message. Despite its full body, and its far-reaching longevity, it’s tailor-made for the saltbush lamb shoulder of tonight’s dinner.”