2008 Penfolds "Bin 620" Cabernet-Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia SKU #1326028


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This was the first showing of the ultra-rare Bin 620 in half a century, noted Decanter in a 2011 article about the wine's debut in Shanghai: "The last time Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz was produced was the 1966 vintage, under the auspices of Max Schubert, the originator of Grange. It was partially foot-crushed and fermented at Magill Estate, outside Adelaide. Of the 2008 vintage, Gago said, ‘Coonawarra was blessed with a great vintage when the earlier-ripening Shiraz could be blended with the later-ripening Cabernet to highlight the best of both varieties, and their synergistic union. John Bird, former Penfolds senior winemaker and now consultant, who worked with Schubert during the 1960s, said he was particularly excited about the making of the wine. ‘In 2008, we tasted several rows of our Coonawarra blocks 5, 10 and 20 and realised that this had something extra, something unique. It transported me back to 1966 and the experimental Bin 620. The fruit profile is classic Penfolds. Having tasted many parcels of Coonawarra fruit it became apparent that we simply had to make this wine.’" (11/2011)


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