Bright, deep red color. Iced tea (the sweetness), caperberries (the savoury) and French polish (the Penfolds) on the nose. Opulence is facilitated via heady barrel ferment characters and brazen Penfolds markers ... mocha and kirsch. Aromas are focused, tapering to a precise point and include mentions of grated ginger, cola, green olive, caraway seeds and a richness that is reminiscent of Bordelaise sauce. Classic Penfolds palate in character, yet altogether different in structure. Fine, close-knit tannins awaken the palate and a menthol lift surprises. Varietally-correct flavors are framed by typical oak offerings: cedar, sandalwood and roasted meats. Alcohol is firmly anchored within the matrix, unobtrusive and in proportion. Acidity is bright, offers plentiful energy and is undoubtedly responsible for the succulence and sustained finish.
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.