2012 Penfolds "Bin 8" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz South Australia (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1159245 92 points James Suckling

 A newer wine that is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz, sourced from the Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. The nose is quiet striking, there's a nicely crafted oak element layered into the mix, the Shiraz comes across flambouyant and chocolatey, the Cabernet adds leafy notes. There’s a little dark olive and plenty of dark fruit flavours on the palate, great depth and well-judged ripeness. This is succulent and rich, quite silky and even, showing plums and spice, deep red and purple fruit flavours, some gentle mocha oak and smooth, approachable layered tannins.  (3/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz is a little closed on the nose, with pure blackcurrant and blackberry notes coming through along with some baking spices in the background. Medium-bodied with classic flavors, it is quite expressive in the mouth, with low to medium levels of grainy tannins carrying it through the long finish. 90+(LPB)  (2/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining ruby. Textbook Cabernet aromas of cherry, cassis, pipe tobacco and woodsmoke, with a vanilla undertone and a touch of cracked pepper. Offers pliant black and blue fruit flavors, a note of bitter chocolate and good spicy kick, plus a subtle licorice nuance. Finishes sweet, gently tannic and long, leaving smoke and dark berry notes behind. (JR)  (7/2014)

K&L Notes

The Bin 8 release is a serious bargain in the Penfolds iconic "Bin" range. Introduced in 2003 as an understudy to Bins 138 and 389, it has gained quite a following of its own and we at K&L are huge fans! The wine is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz sourced from some of Penfolds' top vineyards across Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, and Langhorne Creek. It is designed to be rich, powerful, lush, and accessible on release. The wine spends 12 months in predominantly older oak (both French and American) that once housed its prestigious siblings 389 and 128. The wine is dominated by nicely saturated rich, dark fruits with some redder notes showing with air. There is real Cabernet character here with cigar box and cedar but also a slightly fleshier, more exuberant feel on the palate from the Shiraz component. They work together very well in this stunning wine. Classic Penfolds styling is added by the toasty, rich but well-integrated oak and really makes this a very complete and compelling wine at this super competitive price point! This is a wine that is sure to bring a lot of enjoyment to many drinkers.

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2016 | Send Email
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**Update 3/2016** We just got an even crazier deal on this wine! Now selling at $12.99...elsewhere $22+! What a value from Penfolds. This has a lot of the same character and concentration of the much more expensive Bins at a tiny percentage of the price! Juicy, saturated dark fruit, plum, dark berries and bramble fruit with just a touch of Cabernet's classic tobacco leaf and cedar wood. This wine is wonderfully rich and expressive even now with fine, ripe tannins and nice dense, fleshy dark fruit. The wine is matured in top quality oak that was previously used for some of Penfold's most expensive releases and this wine shows lovely pedigree and polish from its time in barrel. I can hardly believe that this quality is available from Penfolds in the sub $15 price point. Outrageous.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2025

Staff Image By: Ricky Ruvalcaba | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2014 | Send Email
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A classic Australian blend with an explosion of rich dark fruit. Aged in the same barrels as Bin 389, 128, and 28, this wine carries its oak nicely both on the nose and palate. Smooth tannins and a long finish allow for lovely drinking now but you can also enjoy it for years to come. At this price why not do both.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2014 | Send Email
Besides the great classic blends of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre in Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz is the other as you just don't see alot of Merlot in Oz. One of the great wines that I have lucky to taste was the 1976 Bin 389 Cab-Shiraz about 6 years ago and it was amazingly complex and very much alive. This new Bin 8 in the Penfolds portfolio is an excellent entre to the style of Bin 389 at half the price. The nose shows notes of plum, mullberry, black currant, cedar and a nuanced oak toast. On the palate there are fine tannins with a juicy mouthfeel and very nice length. This is pretty serious wine for the money from one of Australia's greatest producers.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2014 | Send Email
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I love the addition of Syrah to Cabernet, and Penfolds is certainly one of the masters of the blend. Rich dense black fruits but not at all overblown, and oak that is present but very nicely integrated. It's smooth and rich with a nice long finish. With all the high priced Penfolds offerings lately, here's a fantastic offering showing their style at a price we can afford.
Drink from 2014 to 2019

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5