I got myself a bargain here and I am not sure why, but when I bought this one about three weeks ago, Tesco was selling it at about a fiver – to clear! I am pretty sure that they are still selling it but it is usually about £9.00/bottle and that is not overpriced.
Penfolds say that it is good to drink now (which it certainly is) or anything up to 2023.
“Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. Wrattonbully, Padthaway, Coonawarra, Mount Benson and Barossa Valley.
Maturation: Stainless steel, French & American oak.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.
Colour: Deep Ruby red.
Nose: I got a sort of slightly smoky smell and ripe red fruits.
Penfolds say “An immediate aromatic lift of equal parts fruit and spice. Sumac, blackberry, blackbean sauce and plum. Blue fruited generosity and a violet allure which is only just detectable. ”
Palate: Plums and custard (my able assistant) and I got Blackcurrant and wood.
Penfolds say “Playing within Penfolds boundaries yet still abiding by KoonungaHill rules….. approachable, vibrant and energetic. Graphite core, beetroot juice and macadamia complexity. Grainy tannins, Nori savoury character and brine. Quintessential 2016 plushness. A vintage that didn’t discriminate when offering generosity.” Their language is a bit more floral than mine; I suppose they are trying to sell it.
Finish: A smoky finish which was very smooth and balanced if not incredibly long.
Would I buy it again? By the case at the price I paid! Would I recommend it at £9.00/bottle? Yes, I would, it is a nice drop, and I have had previous vintages which I have always enjoyed.
Widely available – I bought mine at Tescos – I am sure that they will continue to stock it!