Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 8 endeavours to fill the gap as the price of 389 inflates, though it’s not half the wine. A fragrant leaf, redcurrant and cedar bouquet opens into violet perfume in time. The palate is bright, lively, firm and finely structured, with tangy, leafy cabernet fruit taking the lead amidst grippy tannins and sour acidity, ultimately finishing little thin and simple, certainly not justifying a price rise from $38 to $45. A blend of 57% cabernet and 43% shiraz from the Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. Matured for 12 months in French (13% new) and American oak. Cork sealed. Available 6 March 2014.