I didn’t think it was a great bargain, just an average Costco savings, until I’d tasted the wine. I hadn’t looked it up until after I tasted it either…since it was just a whim. But it is such a nicely balanced, nuanced Cab/Shiraz blend, I felt compelled to do some additional research & review it.
Penfolds gives you tasting notes so I’m linking them here: Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz Blend
Also, it appears that the wine has been well scored across the board (We found that our experience with the wine was a cross between James Suckling’s notes & Stephen Tanzer’s):
92 points James Suckling
A newer wine that is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz, sourced from the Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. The nose is quiet striking, there’s a nicely crafted oak element layered into the mix, the Shiraz comes across flambouyant and chocolatey, the Cabernet adds leafy notes. There’s a little dark olive and plenty of dark fruit flavours on the palate, great depth and well-judged ripeness. This is succulent and rich, quite silky and even, showing plums and spice, deep red and purple fruit flavours, some gentle mocha oak and smooth, approachable layered tannins.
90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
90+ points. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz is a little closed on the nose, with pure blackcurrant and blackberry notes coming through along with some baking spices in the background. Medium-bodied with classic flavors, it is quite expressive in the mouth, with low to medium levels of grainy tannins carrying it through the long finish. (LPB)
90 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
(a 57/43 blend): Glass-staining ruby. Textbook cabernet aromas of cherry, cassis, pipe tobacco and woodsmoke, with a vanilla undertone and a touch of cracked pepper. Offers pliant black and blue fruit flavors, a note of bitter chocolate and good spicy kick, plus a subtle licorice nuance. Finishes sweet, gently tannic and long, leaving smoke and dark berry notes behind (7/2014) *
Overall, an above average offering at a very affordable price. We returned and re-purchased.
*If you do not have a local Costco, K&L Wines still has this wine in stock for a very reasonable $19.99 a bottle.