Take a dozen of Majella’s award-sweeping The Musician Cabernet 2018, and we’ll replace the 12th bottle with a Classified ‘Excellent’ Penfolds Bin 407. With savings of $58 per case, this upgrade pack will be music to your ears.
Your First Act is from Coonawarra stalwart Majella, the model of quality and consistency when it comes to Cabernet from the Australian region most known for it. The Musician is a worthy addition to your midweek wines category, a deft blend of 72% Cabernet and 28% Shiraz. Aroma, mouthfeel and flavour mingle in a free-flow harmony, with those essential Coonawarran notes of menthol and cassis ever present. Made for uncomplicated enjoyment, it is relatively light of body, a welcome red for your spring table.
The bewitching Bin 407 is the special occasion encore to your everyday drinking Majella. Scoring a spot in our Top 5 of the Penfolds Collection 2021 releases (read more here), this is a stylish evocation of Bin 707’s little sibling. It is a curiosity in and of itself, coming from an exceedingly warm vintage, yet retaining a sense of vital youth, balance and brightness. Blackcurrant, a lift of menthol, cedar, herbs. It’s dark, but it’s fresh. Who knows where this enigmatic Cabernet will take you over the coming decade. It’s an impressive upgrade, destined for your cellar while you enjoy your 11 bottles of Majella Cabernet.
72% cabernet, 28% shiraz. It spends time in oak but the idea is that it show minimal oak flavour; designed to be light and elegant. Good colour, fragrance, texture and drinkability; the flavours flow evenly and well. Minted blackcurrant is the essential flavour profile, redcurrant and dust as sidelines. For everyday drinking it will take some beating.
93 points, Wine Companion (January 2020)
You have to admire the balance of this wine. It has texture, tannin and curranty fruit flavour and while it’s not a team of champions it tastes like a champion team. All the flavours and components, as light-ish as they are, pull together in harmony. Value drinking at its best.
92 points, The Wine Front (January 2020)
Gold Medal + 95 points - Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2018 & Younger
Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019
Gold Medal + 95 points - Class 23: Red Blends containing Shiraz
Limestone Coast Wine Show 2019
Cabernet Sauvignon has provided a high point in Penfolds tastings through recent years, and this beauty seduces from the first whiff. Showing note-perfect varietal aromas, with a breeze of ripe purple fruit over fresh, leafy herbs and rich red earth, the perfume is full and persistent. The entry is sharp and arresting, with fruit purity on point and channelled down the right corridors by supple tannins and a clean acid seam. It shows exemplary balance through to the long finish.
98 points, David Sly, Decanter (June 2021)
South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted.
Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns.
The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys), Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra and the Riverland. Vineyard expansion has also extended to Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Bordertown, Robe, Southern Fleurieu and the Flinders Ranges.
It is a tradition for many wine companies to make multi-district blends from South Australian fruit – the idea of house style taking precedence over regional definition. Penfolds pioneered this concept. The vagaries of vintage variation can be evened out by fruit selection, ensuring quality at a high level. However there is debate that this concept comes at the expense of the ‘soul’ of the wine. Penfolds Grange is probably the most famous multi-district blend and is an excellent counter-argument.Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's