Penfolds RWT Bin 798 Shiraz Barossa Valley 2018
The colour is blackness at core, magenta on rim. The nose is brooding upon opening and first-pour, yet soon to reveal a living/alive ‘masterstock’ aromatic continuum: The sweet - saturated fresh Christmas pudding mix, Irish quince paste with glacéed cherries, dark chocolate. The savoury - cured Iberian pork, ground pistachio nut, tamari paste, soy, liquorice root. The oak - a bruléed creaminess tussling with a carbon black-ness. The palate - richness/darkness/tannins explicitly implicate Northern Barossa. Impressions of dark roasted meats, oxtail, slow-cooked beef cheek, sweet marrow…lend themselves texturally to explain the palate’s ‘thickness’/viscosity. Flavours of dark chocolate, soy, charcoal and fusel oils fill all palate gaps.