2018 Penfolds "Quantum" Bin 98 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine of the World
Inaugural vintage! Penfolds Quantum Bin 98 is the continuation of a twenty-year endeavor from when Australian vine cuttings were planted in Californian soil. Inspired by their experiments of blending Napa Cabernet with Australian, the Penfolds team applied the concept to their iconic Cabernet and Shiraz blends and a new star was born. Quantum is a blend of Napa Valley Cabernet primarily from Oakville and Diamond Mountain District with 13% grade A Shiraz from South Australia that could have just as easily been a part of the Grange program. A Wine of the World that encapsulates a bold blending alliance, Quantum reveals a wine that shows wisdom, crafted with conviction but also embedded in the “quality-first” philosophy that underpins Penfolds flagships. The wine serves as the most powerful expression of our blending style and leads the charge in Penfolds ambition to seek out parcels of intense flavor, structural tannins and equal parts grace and complexity. Chief winemaker Peter Gago and Senior winemaker Stephanie Dutton.
95 pts. Wine Enthusiast, 98 pts. James Suckling.