Penfolds Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (1x 750ml),Coonawarra. Cork

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Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.

The 2012 Cellar Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon is a contemporary interpretation of one of Australia’s most profound regional and varietal alignments. Regionally expressive with tell-tale Coonawarra aromas of cassis, black olive and complexing herbs, inscribed with the famous ‘Coonawarra line’ across the palate – a modern twist, yet always respectful of the Penfolds style.

Origin: Coonawarra, South Australia.

Maturation: 13 months in 100% new French oak hogsheads.

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage Conditions

Winter rainfall was lower than the long-term average for most parts of South Australia, including Coonawarra. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December, merging into a mild summer, with a few short periods of heat.

The mild daytime temperatures and cool evenings throughout the ripening period allowed impressive flavour development, without inflated baumés.

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Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.

The 2012 Cellar Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon is a contemporary interpretation of one of Australia’s most profound regional and varietal alignments. Regionally expressive with tell-tale Coonawarra aromas of cassis, black olive and complexing herbs, inscribed with the famous ‘Coonawarra line’ across the palate – a modern twist, yet always respectful of the Penfolds style.

Origin: Coonawarra, South Australia.

Maturation: 13 months in 100% new French oak hogsheads.

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage Conditions

Winter rainfall was lower than the long-term average for most parts of South Australia, including Coonawarra. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December, merging into a mild summer, with a few short periods of heat.

The mild daytime temperatures and cool evenings throughout the ripening period allowed impressive flavour development, without inflated baumés.

Region:
SA - Coonawarra
State:
South Australia

Expert Reviews

97 Points. James Halliday - Wine Companion. 6 October 2016

This is a Coonawarra cabernet as only Penfolds can create, the bouquet's instant communication of class and style. Cassis, black olive and cedary oak are the foundations for a wine with perfect dimensions; you are well into the tasting note before you realise you haven't even thought about the tannins, so skilfully has been their handling from the moment the grapes began fermenting. And then you realise the superb French oak hasn't even been mentioned.

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Bright crimson red.

Nose

Proclaims Coonawarra, shouts Cabernet (respectfully!).

Tomato leaf, carpaccio and cassis weave their varietal magic.

Wafts of nutmeg, cardamom – possibly French oak-derived?

French polish ‘complexities’ offer a sampling of what awaits ahead in bottle, in cellar.

Palate

Medium to full-bodied.

Overt – black olive, tomato consommé and mulberry.

Covert – sage/burnt butter ‘impressions’.

Grainy, malty tannins play with pithy, citrus acidity – both respectful of their Quercus landlord.

Savoury rather than fruity.

Winery Profile

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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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Other Information

  • 2012 vintage
  • 1 x 750mL unit
  • SA - Coonawarra, South Australia
  • Cork closure
  • 14.5% alc.
  • Original Presentation box included
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