Penfolds, Block 42 Kalimna, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, Australia 2004
"Mediterranean herbs, black truffles, underbrush and black olives. The elegant, medium-bodied palate is tightly-knit and led by structure with a high level of grainy tannins..." eRobertParker.com
|Grape Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon 100%|
Penfolds Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet 2004 is a very rare Penfolds wine, only made in select vintages, and was purchased in its original wooden case.
Kalimna Block 42, as is the name suggests, made from a single block of vines - Block 42 - of the renowned Penfolds Kalimna vineyard, the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Australia.
This fine red wine, which has only been made in six vintages, was made from the same 110-year-old patch of vines from which came Max Schubert's 1953 Grange Cabernet. Penfolds Block 42 is a captivating example of a single block of high-quality Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon, featuring concentrated varietal flavours, complexity of balanced oak and a fine tannin finish.
Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignons are an important fragment of the Penfolds story. They are magical wines, steeped in nineteenth-century Barossa Valley heritage, and possess an ethereal dimension and saturated blackness on the palate. Aged for 16 months in new American oak.
Please note: bottle shown is for illustrative purposes only.
"It's not known exactly when the Kalimna Block 42 was planted but there are suggestions that the vines existed during the latter part of the 19th Century. They could be the oldest Cabernet vines in the world, although the famous Metala Cabernet vineyard in Langhorne Creek was known to have been planted in 1891 so could very well pre-date Kalimna. Regardless, I've been there and the vines are truly old. Only very rarely does Penfolds release this as a single vineyard wine, when the Cabernet is so fabulous it can't possibly be blended. The 2004 Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon was such a vintage. Matured in 100% new American hogsheads for 13 months, it displays a very deep garnet-purple color and profoundly earthy / gamey aromas over black cherry preserves, crème de cassis plus scents of leather, pencil shavings, Mediterranean herbs, black truffles, underbrush and black olives. The elegant, medium-bodied palate is tightly-knit and led by structure with a high level of grainy tannins, very high acid and a long earthy finish." robertparker.com