Introducing the California Collection. This inaugural release is an endeavour more than twenty years in the making, when Penfolds winemakers first imported heritage vine cuttings from esteemed South Australian vineyards and planted them in California soil.
Penfolds Bin 149 derives its name from the percentage of South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon that’s woven into the blend. Its unique worldly disposition sets it apart from other California wines and is a testament to the power of the legendary Penfolds House Style. A wine both distinctive and of distinction, Bin 149 showcases a multidimensional palate of strong Napa Valley tannins and intense dark fruit, with an Australian twist. Aromas, are focused, with sweet iced tea, savoury caperberries, French polish, and heady barrel ferment characters of mocha and kirsch tapering to a precise point. Further notes include grated ginger, cola, green olive, caraway seeds, and a Bordelaise sauce richness. Classically Penfolds in character, yet altogether different in structure, the palate features fine, close knit tannins and a menthol lift with flavours of cedar, sandalwood, and roasted meats. Bright acidity provides succulence and a sustained finish.
AVA Blend: 85.1% Rutherford + Oakville, 14.9% South Australia
97 Points James Suckling... Lots of blackberry, currant, light chocolate and hazelnut. This is rather dense and plush, but shows impressive layers of tannins that have a rough velvet texture. Juicy and intense fruit. The grapes come from the AVAs of Rutherford, Calistoga, Oakville and then spread across Napa. 14.9% comes from South Australia. A global wine. In the end, it’s nicely toned and curated. Needs three or four years to come together. Try after 2025.
96 Points - Decanter A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, combining 85.1% fruit from the Napa Valley (predominantly from Oakville, Rutherford and Calistoga AVAs) and the remainder from several of Penfolds’ South Australian vineyards, moving it beyond the expected Napa Cab expression to instead exert its own unique personality. The Australian component introduces rich, lifted aromas of blueberry and blackberry, and a more opulent fruit presence. It adds freshness and vibrancy to the dense Napa body, resulting in a vivacious, cheery red still bound by firm tannins.
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate A good portion, 85.1%, of this "Wine of the World" comes from America. In fact, the American component all comes from Napa. "There are some great vineyards going in here," Peter Gago informed me. "We are buying some fruit for this, but most of it comes off our own vineyards." By "own vineyards," Gago refers to the considerable land holdings of Treasury Wine Estates, which now owns such iconic Napa names such as Beringer, Sterling Vineyards and Stags’ Leap Winery. The major component of this component, 28%, comes from Rutherford, with the other components "cherry picked" from across the Napa region. So, that is the American wine part of this wine.
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast This wine is a blend of grapes from Napa Valley (85.1%) and South Australia (14.9%). A tannic structure gives way to a welcome juiciness of tangy cranberry and currant flavors. French and American oak aging impart a moderate level of toast and vanilla tones, with accents of cedar, dried herbs and black pepper chiming in. The bright acidity lasts through a long, supple finish.
95 Points - Wilfred Wong of Wine The 2018 Penfolds Bin 149 Wine of the World Cabernet Sauvignon is a brilliant, cutting-edge wine. While there have been other attempts of creating wine from different parts of the globe, this wine succeeds in putting it all together. This wine is expansive and riveting with its aromas and flavors of berries, licorice, and oak. Enjoy its total immersion of nuances with a thinly-sliced, grilled ribeye and fully-ripened, double crème cheeses.
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