2018 Penfolds Bin 149 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine of the World-Cuvee-Wine-Society

2018 Penfolds Bin 149 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine of the World

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Inaugural vintage! Penfolds Bin 149 was born almost as an accident. When Penfolds was working on creating a proper Napa Valley blend, their Australian team brought along some Australian Cabernets to calibrate their palates before blending. As Peter Gago tells the story, they were working on a Napa blend but something just wasn't clicking for them. On a whim, Peter grabbed some Australian Cabernet and added to the blend and immediately upon tasting everyone in the room fell silent. Magic. And so now Penfolds has release this unusual wine, a blend of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. The name 149 is derived from the 14.9% of the blend which is South Australian fruit. The result is distinctive, and is matured in French and American oak. Senior winemaker Stephanie Dutton, the winemaker in charge of Barossa red wines, also took a strong part in this incredible project and helped launch the Penfolds California Collection with Peter on March 4, 2021.