James Suckling Review
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. Try after 2026.
Wine Tasting Notes
Penfolds Quantum Bin 98 is the culmination of a 20-year collaboration between Northern and Southern hemispheres. The flagship wine of our California Collection, Quantum is a true wine of the world, unbound by country, vine, or time. A powerful expression of the Penfolds blending style, Quantum is made with carefully selected grapes sought out for their intense flavor and well-structured tannins. The result is a wine that defies convention and expectation, offering equal parts grace and complexity.
- NOSE - Rich malt, bone marrow, and a complex spectrum of dark berries make up the aromatic core. These slowly fuse with notes of blackberry, blueberry, and boysenberry complemented by sugared pastry, cinnamon apple, and piquant punches of mild horseradish cream and Dijon mustard.
- PALATE - A blue-berried wash and glistening film cover the palate with a viscous, supple texture and succulent acidity. Flavors of graphite and hazelnut provide an exotic intrigue, with a whisper of sweetness that grows over time with air.
- GRAPE VARIETY - 87% Cabernet Sauvignon. 13% Shiraz
- SOURCING - 87% Oakville Diamond Mt District' AVA, Napa Valley, CA 13% South Australia, Australia
- ALCOHOL 14.5%