Curiosity and experimentation deliver a new wine made from carefully selected parcels from the coveted 2018 South Australian vintage. The wine represents a unique interpretation of the iconic Australian blend of cabernet sauvignon. Superblend 802.B varietal composition is close to evenly split with cabernet sauvignon contributing 55% and shiraz 45% of the blend respectively. The components were married immediately post vintage, completing 19 months maturation as a blend in French oak hogsheads. This wine will reward careful cellaring for several decades.

Grape Variety

Cabernet Shiraz


Multi Region



Wine Style

Red - big, bold, full-bodied


Even, an excellent line across palate, fine and persistent. Acidity, more than likely aligned to the fruit descriptors noted: cumquat, pomegranate and persimmon. A grated texture with gritty tannins and its savoury demeanour also contributes to a textural dryness. Dusty, shaved dark-chocolate flavours (unlike nose) and a sprinkle of chocolate dust and sweet paprika. A challenge to unravel varietal components, no tension, relaxed in tandem.



Food Pairing

Red Meat


This product is from an eco-producer - purchases of this product count towards Green Tier eligibility

”55/45% cabernet sauvignon/shiraz, from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Robe and the Clare Valley. Matured, fully blended, for 19 months in 54% new French oak hogsheads; 5000 cases. Blending just post-harvest is virtually unheard of at Penfolds, and the effect of maturing almost equal proportions of cabernet and shiraz together is a harmony and integration astonishing in a youthful blend of such monumental longevity. The 2 varieties entwine seamlessly with French oak, with the tension of cabernet and the body of shiraz interlocking with dark chocolate and coffee bean. Tannins are superfine and mineral, laying out a grand trail of longevity that meets every bit of expectation in the grand lineage of Penfolds blends. A world away from Superblend A, yet intrinsically aligned to the very letter of its DNA. The pair beg the question of picking favourites, but for me they are both profoundly unique yet impossible to separate. Ask me again in 2 decades.”
– Tyson Stelzer

Expert Review

Halliday Wine Companion - 98

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Penfolds 802.B Superblend Cabernet Shiraz 2018