This one was dragged out of the cellar as a tribute to the last time the Australian Football League team I support had played in a finals series. We didn’t win the game that day, but they did this year: the Richmond Tigers through to the Grand Final for the first time in 35 years.
Penfolds, Bin 389, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, South Australia, 2001
Known as “Baby Grange” due to spending 13 months in old American Oak barrels that matured Grange. The cork was a little soft and broke in half, but the wine was not affected. The American oak dominates the nose: chary coconut and bourbon vanilla but with distinct Cabernet leafy, pencil profile. On the palate there’s still plenty of dark chocolate, blackberry, plum, licorice and the beginnings of secondary life: roasting pan juice and stock. The tannin profile still grumbles away suggesting a few more years in the cellar is possible, but the vagaries of cork will indeed play their part. This is a fine example.
Wine self purchased