2018 Penfolds ‘Quantum’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa & Australia [JS-98pts]


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Ratings & Tasting notes:

98 points James Suckling

What sticks with you about this global blend of Napa and Southern Australian wine is the intense and transparent purple and blue fruit. Lots of blackberry and blueberry aromas with some stones and flowers, such as violets. It’s a very layered and intense wine with very refined, creamy and chewy tannins. Full and very impressive. Very Penfolds. Mouth-filling texture. It’s made mostly from Napa grapes and predominantly from Oakville and Diamond Mountain. About one-fifth is from South Australia. Aged in 80% new American oak and 20% new French. (2/2021)

97 points Decanter

A Wine of the World is a big statement, and this blend of 87% Napa Valley Cabernet with South Australian Shiraz creates a purposeful bridge between two national styles. The Cabernet is typically Napa (from the Oakville and Diamond Mountain District AVAs): stern and solid, flexing powerful muscle as earth and iodine notes speak much louder than fruit sweetness. The addition of Shiraz (an elite component, considered for Grange inclusion) isn’t obvious, yet its influence is profound, with a hint of ripe plum adding a vivid burst of colour to the dark flavour spectrum. The two varieties strike a happy equilibrium on the mid-palate, wrapping generous layers of rich fruit and supple texture into a seamless weave. (DS) (2/2021)

97 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The first release of this new iconoclastic label, the 2018 Quantum Bin 98 is labeled as a ‘Wine of the World,’ although the AVA is the United States and technically 87% is American wine (Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley), while 13% is Australian (‘Grade A1’ Shiraz from South Australia). The wine spent 16 months in oak, 100% new, 80% American oak and 20% French. In fact, the wine is made very much like Grange, in that it completes fermentation in new, mainly American oak barrels. (LPB) 97+ (2/2021)

Bottle Size:

750 mL

Storage History:

Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.


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