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2004 Penfold’s ‘Block 42’ Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Producer
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Region
  • Sub Region
    Barossa Valley
  • Size

Planted around 1888, Block 42 is located at the edge of the Kalimna Vineyard in the Moppa sub-region of the Barossa Valley and comprises Cabernet Sauvignon vines of ancient genetic origins.

The 10-acre Block 42 comprises the oldest plantings of continuously producing Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. for over 120 vintages the vines, planted on their own roots, have produced flavour-intense, mineral rich fruit with exceptional concentration and balance.

A ‘Block 42’ labelled wine has only been produced twice in Penfold’s history of winemaking, 1996 & 2004.

Tasting Notes

97 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
It’s not known exactly when the Kalimna Block 42 was planted but there are suggestions that the vines existed during the latter part of the 19th Century. They could be the oldest Cabernet vines in the world, although the famous Metala Cabernet vineyard in Langhorne Creek was known to have been planted in 1891 so could very well pre-date Kalimna. Regardless, I’ve been there and the vines are truly old. Only very rarely does Penfolds release this as a single vineyard wine, when the Cabernet is so fabulous it can’t possibly be blended. The 2004 Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon was such a vintage. Matured in 100% new American hogsheads for 13 months, it displays a very deep garnet-purple color and profoundly earthy / gamey aromas over black cherry preserves, creme de cassis plus scents of leather, pencil shavings, Mediterranean herbs, black truffles, underbrush and black olives. The elegant, medium-bodied palate is tightly-knit and led by structure with a high level of grainy tannins, very high acid and a long earthy finish. Approachable now, it should continue to evolve and drink to 2025+.


2004 Penfold’s ‘Block 42’ Cabernet Sauvignon