Napa Meets South Australia – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Napa Meets South Australia


From left to right: Andrew Baldwin, Penfolds Red Winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker, and Steph Dutton, Senior Red Winemaker (Photo courtesy of Treasury Wine Estates)

Having worked for decades with fruit from their Camatta Hills estate vineyard in Creston, southeast of Paso Robles, the Penfolds team more recently began to tap into the Napa Valley vineyard assets of Treasury Wine Estates, their parent company. Working with small blocks of fruit from some of Treasury’s top sites, adding some purchased from growers, Andrew Baldwin made this cabernet using the Penfolds winemaking protocols. It’s clean and friendly, the richness of its oak emboldening the red-currant brightness of flavor. It may not taste like a Penfolds wine—being that it grows in Napa Valley rather than South Australia—but it feels like a Penfolds wine in its fine textural integration, a cabernet of silken elegance. There’s a hint of orange zest to the acidity, the finish ready to refresh mousse truffée or a dark and wintry braise of duck legs in red wine and prunes. 

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Penfolds 2018 Napa Valley Bin 704 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Joshua Greene is the editor and publisher of Wine & Spirits magazine.


This story appears in the print issue of December 2021.
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