2009 Penfolds "Bin 169" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
Deeply coloured and dark and brooding in nature, with mulberry and cassis fruit, charry oak and cedar on display; the palate is densely packed with tannins and opulent fruit, with the brooding nature of the vintage remaining on the finish; this wine will always be big boned and dark, a direct contrast to the '10.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon presents an intensely minty nose with undertones of ripe cassis, eucalyptus, cedar and a touch of herbs. Ripe and expressive in the mouth it has bright acid and medium levels of very fine tannins, it finishes concentrated and long. (LPB)
Fresh and focused, exhibiting a welcome sense of restraint to the black cherry and spice flavors, this finishes with a mild grip of tannins and a hint of dill. Offers depth and ripeness, but wraps it all in an elegant package. Best from 2014 through 2017. 219 cases imported. –HS
According to the winery website: "The pinacle of Penfolds' Coonawarra Cabernet. Sourced from Penfolds' best Coonawarra vineyards, including Blocks 10 and 20, all located on classic terra rossa soils. Fermented in static fermenters with wooden header boards at Nuriootpa. Some components vinified in open fermenters with wax-lined header boards at Magill Estate. All components complete fermentation in barrel.Matured for 15 months in mostly new French oak hogsheads. Created to reflect Penfolds contemporary winemaking 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 and a testament of Penfolds longstanding commitment to the vineyards of Coonawarra."