ITEM 8462986 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail
...a total knock-out...quite opulent and rich in fee...has tons of backing structure to balance things out. All the elements come together effortlessly.
Offers a streamlined and fine-grained feel, with vanilla, cedar and alder accents inlaid in a core of gently steeped plum and red cherry fruit flavors, and flickers of savory and anise on the finish. Has depth and length...
Syrupy blackcurrant fruit, dark chocolate and lots of violet too... On the palate, the fruit is single-minded, uncompromising... Finely sanded tannins, dark chocolate on the finish...
It is a smooth and earthy wine that offers flavors of leather, earth, iron and crushed rock cut against herbal accents.
...terrific richness and tons of allure. Blackberry jam, dried flowers, espresso, licorice and leather build in a sumptuous, opulent wine that will be very easy to drink upon release.
...delivers a pure beam of raspberry and cherry purée, with light floral and anise hints in the background. Finish is unencumbered by toast and lingers prettily.
Sweet oak is the most noticeable aroma at first – the classic coconut and vanilla spices – but there's rich blackcurrant fruit underneath, and medicinal elements too, in a herbaceous sort of way... Softly tannic, with plenty of warmth to the aftertaste.
...tightly structured yet supple, bursting in bright currant and strawberry flavors. Savory components of sage, dried herb and black pepper dot the palate alongside silky tannins and chocolate-laced richness. A fresh touch of blood orange arises on the finish...
...rich and effusive, with all of the personality of the vintage on display. Sweet spice, mocha, dark raspberry jam, licorice and leather all take shape in the glass. Medium in body, with bright acids, the 2018 will drink well with minimal cellaring...
...leaps from the glass with vibrant Morello cherries, crushed black and red currants and boysenberries scents, followed by touches of cedar chest, menthol, dried roses and black olives. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has an approachable, grainy texture and a lively line lifting the black berry flavors on the bright, pure finish.
Lots of blackberry and blueberry aromas with some stones and flowers, such as violets...very layered and intense...with very refined, creamy and chewy tannins. Full and very impressive. Very Penfolds. Mouth-filling texture.
...scents of chocolate-covered cherries, plum preserves, blueberry compote and cassis with fragrant suggestions of vanilla pod, violets, coconut, crushed rocks, pencil lead and clove oil. Medium to full-bodied, the generously fruited palate explodes in the mouth with ripe, juicy black and blue fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins and a lovely burst of freshness, finishing long and spicy.
...delivers a smooth, textured palate of bright red fruit and supple, integrated tannins, with meaty undertones along a continuum of black pepper, graphite and leather.
...has the Penfolds imprint in full effect, with opulent oak spice. However, the fruit here is of an altogether higher calibre, giving far greater balance and depth...a touch of gruffness to the tannin, which lends it a bit more personality... Loads of black-olive complexity on the long, pleasurable finish...quality is comparable.