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Penfolds California Collection Cabernet Shiraz Bin 600text

Penfolds California Collection Cabernet Shiraz Bin 600 2020

California, United StatesIn 1998, Penfolds exported a heritage selection of vine cuttings from South Australia's esteemed Kalimna and Magill Estate vineyards and planted them at the Creston 600 Ranch in Paso Robles. Today, the vineyard is known as Camatta Hills, but Bin 600 honours the original site name and the 22-year-old vines. Blending cabernet sauvignon and shiraz is a Penfolds' institution, and year two of this California blend is a 68/32 mix of grapes aged 16 months in American oak (40% new, 60% one-use barrels). Nothing was easy in 2020 in Napa, where COVID-19 and wildfires delivered their share of challenges. Paso Robles was fire-free, and the hot summer produced impressive shiraz and cabernet. The nose is pleasantly aromatic, pitching everything from tea and cumin to molasses and chocolate. The palate is less exotic with more classic black and blue fruit with streaks of cherries, baking chocolate, and spices. 600 is a valuable and affordable cog in the California Collection.Tasted: 06 August 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
CDN$79.99750mlWest (Summer 2021); East (Fall 2021)
AB$99.95750mlselect private retailers
MB$99.99750mlManitoba Liquor Mart
US$50.00750mlestimated retail in select private wine shops
Producer: PenfoldsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - ShirazUPC: 012354724396