2004 Penfolds Bin 60A Cabernet Shiraz Magnum. Rated 98Pts by Jeremy Oliver & 98Pts Robert Parker Jnr.
Only the best parcels of fruit from Block 20 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, Kalimna Vineyard and Koonunga Hill, Barossa Shiraz were used to make the 2004 Penfolds Bin 60A. Separately vinified at Magill and Nuriootpa in open and closed headed down fermenters. Nearing dryness, the wine was racked into 100% new oak and completed fermentation. It wasn’t until the completion of malolactic fermentation, that individual components of the wines were classified to make the Bin 60A grade and were then selected and included into the 2004 Penfolds Bin 60A Cabernet Shiraz.
Penfolds Special Bin Red releases are a reflection of research, experimentation and innovation. It goes further than just great wine making, it also takes into consideration vineyard site and management and ultimately fruit selection. The 1962 Bin 60A is Penfolds’ most successful show wine ever. It won 19 trophies and 33 gold medals and is considered by many in the know to be the greatest wine ever made in Australia. Such were vintage conditions in 2004, that parcels of wine were identified as showing similar characteristics to that famous 1962 Bin 60A. The 2004 Penfolds Bin 60A is a wine paying homage to the 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A and was sold en primeur – Penfolds was the first Australian winery to use this selling method made famous by the chateaux of Bordeaux.
2004 Penfolds Bin 60A Cabernet Shiraz, fruit used to make this wine was sourced from Block 20 in the Coonawarra ( Cabernet Sauvignon, 56%) and Kalimna Blocks 4 & 14, Koonunga Hill Block 53G, Barossa Valley (Shiraz 44%). Fermentation for the 2004 Penfolds Bin 60A was completed in new 300L medium toast oak hogsheads for 13 months.