Penfolds, Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon, 1996

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Penfolds, Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon, 1996

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia




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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Wine Style: Bordeaux Inspired Reds Winemaker: John Duval Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030 Reviewer Rating: 96 Reviewer: Code: 102597 Alcohol: 13%
Estate Notes

Penfolds Kalimna Block 42 was made from a single block - Block 42 - of the renowned Penfolds Kalimna vineyard, the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Australia. The 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.

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"Planted around 1888, to visit the Penfolds' Kalimna vineyard is to realize how very special this block of ancient is - it exudes history. A single block 42 wine has only been made from the fruit in 6 vintages: 1953, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1996 and 2004. I tried it twice within the last year and both times it was clear the wine is still youthful and has more to give, though this bottle was faring slightly better. Very deep garnet-black colored, it offers pronounced menthol and eucalypt notes over warm blackcurrant and spices, with hints of dried roses, lavender and Provence herbs. Solidly structured in the mouth, it has a firm level of chewy tannins and crisp acid with plenty of mid-palate flesh and a long finish. Built to go on and on."

"Medium to full red-purple; a paradigm of everything Cabernet Sauvignon should be: the fragrant cassis/redcurrant fruit and perfect oak integration of the bouquet is followed by an intensely flavoured yet elegant wine on a very long palate flooded with cassis and redcurrant fruit, and crowned with fine tannins on the finish." James Halliday