Penfolds Quantum Bin 98 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Rich malt, bone marrow, and a complex spectrum of dark berries make up the aromatic core. These slowly fuse with notes of blackberry, blueberry, and boysenberry complemented by sugared pastry, cinnamon apple, and piquant punches of mild horseradish cream and Dijon mustard.A blue-berried wash and glistening film cover the palate with a viscous, supple texture and succulent acidity. Flavors of graphite and hazelnut provide an exotic intrigue, with a whisper of sweetness that grows over time with air. AVA Blend: 87% Oakville Diamond Mountain District, 13% South AustraliaVariety Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Shiraz Muscle and grace delineate a wine that is making history in the footsteps of its forebear, Grange. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) and South Australian Shiraz (13%) are the building blocks of this multidimensional creation ten years in the making. Balanced and expressive, with recognizable accents of both the Southern and Northern hemispheres, it offers aromas of fresh dark berries, apple tart, and a touch of piquant spice, which lead to headier notes on the palate. Licorice, slate, and molasses pave a path with staying power. Plum preserves and a twist of basil, cigar leaf, and hazelnut determine the lengthy, exhilarating finish COMMENTARY: The 2018 Penfolds Bin 98 Quantum Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a “wine of the world.” This wine epitomizes what a wine of the future can be-a production of a Cabernet Sauvignon that belongs to wine lovers. Made from 87% Oakville and Diamond Mountain District AVAs and 13% South Australia, this wine is light years ahead of where we are today. TASTING NOTES: This wine gushes forward with aromas and flavors of black fruit, chalk, and oak. The parts are all there for long-term cellaring. (Tasted: September 24, 2021, Rutherford, CA) What sticks with you about this global blend of Napa and Southern Australian wine is the intense and transparent purple and blue fruit. Lots of blackberry and blueberry aromas with some stones and flowers, such as violets. It’s a very layered and intense wine with very refined, creamy and chewy tannins. Full and very impressive. Very Penfolds. Mouth-filling texture. It’s made mostly from Napa grapes and predominantly from Oakville and Diamond Mountain. About one-fifth is from South Australia. Aged in 80% new American oak and 20% new French. Try after 2026.