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Superblend 802A Cabernet Shiraz 2018 with Giftbox

Superblend 802A Cabernet Shiraz 2018 with Giftbox


Superblend 802A Cabernet Shiraz 2018 with Giftbox




One Superblend. Two Interpretations. Superblend 802.A and Superblend 802.B represent two unique interpretations of the iconic Australian blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, sourced from unique parcels destined for Penfolds flagships.

The Superblend 802.A components were aged separately in new American oak hogsheads for 22 months prior to being blended. The cabernet sauvignon makes its structural presence felt comprising 68% of the blend, while the 32% shiraz contribution adds generosity. Unashamedly bold, immediately Penfolds.

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

Dark, deep crimson red Nose
Formic and familial … barrel ferment, stylish oak, Penfolds.
An oscillation between bursts of sweetened crème brûlée crust and a savoury jus reduction.
Scents of cola nut, star anise and curry leaf add to the complexity of the majestic aromatic offer.
Oak? Deftly dovetailed!

Full-bodied and generous.
A compote of blood plum, fig and goji berries.
The oscillation noted above now manifested as a sweet buttered/toffeed glaze sitting alongside a roasted reduction avec tomato oil.
Malleable and chunky/grippy tannins.
A detection of malt and the faintest suggestion of polished timber (mahogany) possibly reflective of a 22-month slumber in 100% new oak?
Unashamedly bold.

2018 Vintage

Winter started relatively dry with increased rainfall occurring in the second half. The Barossa Valley vines entered the growing season with healthy soil moisture profiles well down into the root-zone. Spring was warm and dry encouraging an early start to the growing season. A spell of cooler weather around budburst slowed vine phenology yet climatic conditions for flowering and fruit-set were optimal in all regions. Prevailing conditions favoured the growth of protective vine canopies. Summer was warm, with the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra regions all experiencing heat spells greater than 35°C in January coupled with below-average rainfall. The warm weather delayed veraison by a few weeks, a pattern also reflected in Wrattonbully and Robe. A very dry finish to summer coupled with an unseasonably warm autumn ensured both shiraz and cabernet sauvignon achieved ample ripeness with exceptional flavour and intensity.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Peter Gago - Chief Winemaker

Peter joined the winemaking team in 1989, initially in the craftsmanship of sparkling wines, before moving on to reds as Penfolds Red Wine Maker. In 2002 Peter became the fourth ever Chief Winemaker for Penfolds. Together with his fellow winemakers, Peter’s careful custodianship has ensured that Grange and the other ‘older’ members of the Penfolds family, have continued to set the benchmark for their style and quality, while new additions to the range push the boundaries ever wider.


Alcohol % 14.5%
Enclosure Type Cork
Oak Treatment 22 months in American oak hogsheads (100% new)
pH 3.58
Drinking Window 2025 – 2055
Blend 68% Cabernet, 32% Shiraz