Levels 2 just into neck, rest good, excellent appearance, tissue wrapped.
PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 4 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY OF THIS LOT.
Block 42 is the oldest Cabernet plantings in the world – 1882 – and it played a critical role in the development of Grange and Bin 707. For a while it went into blends but from around 1996 there was a new focus on trial winemaking at Penfolds. Released only in 1948, 1952, 1953, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1996, 2004 (not always enough fruit and not always consistent). Stainless steel tanks with wooden header boards to submerge the cap. Fermentation completed in new American oak hogsheads. Approximately 13-18 months' maturation.
Very sweet, almost too sweet, cassis. More leafy on the palate. Very youthful and intense flavours but only medium bodied. US oak. Thick mouthcoating tannins, a little harsh and dry on the finish. Maybe just needs more time? Julia Harding MW (July 2009) JancisRobinson.com