Penfolds Bin 90A 1990

91 points

Coonawarra Cabernet & Barossa Valley Shiraz. South Australia. 13.5%

When I lasted tasted this wine it was in Bordeaux in the company of some old claret and this wine stood out as quite a freak. Not because of the shiraz, but the American oak, the eucalypt mintiness, and the added acid.

Today a few years later and alongside a Coonawarra Cab it’s less freaky but still a very unusual wine. It’s so obviously built for long aging. Very concentrated and with lots of tannin, both grape and oak, and the acid of course.

I think this really does have the potential to turn into something dry and more ethereal, as very old food friendly table wine. But it’s 23 years old already and it still tastes manufactured, not complete relaxed wine.

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