Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Bin 128 reflects the unique climate and growing conditions of South Australia's Coonawarra district, and the relatively elegant style of cool-climate Shiraz. From the 1980 vintage, French oak replaced American, highlighting the pepper, spice and floral characteristics that define this style.
Before he left Britain, Dr Penfold obtained vine cuttings from the south of France (were they Shiraz?) re-planting them around the site of his modest stone cottage at Magill. Great attention today is paid to the ripeness of Shiraz fruit that goes into the Bin 128, making the wine fuller in style and structure. A dry, warm winter promoted good bud fruitfulness followed by a spring with limited frost concerns, overall vine health was excellent. January was hot and dry, tempered by a cool February that steadied ripening. Warm weather at harvest ensured full flavour development. Bin 128 was matured for twelve months in 25% new French oak hogsheads, the balance under one and two year old French oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.5%
Shimmering purple hues. The nose is youthful and fresh with a rush of stylish fruits - raspberry, Satsuma plum - to the fore. A cedary oak background is in balance with the cooler climate spices and earthy, meat complexities. The palate is defined, tight and focused. Integrated, stylish oak fuses effortlessly with a compote of expressive, red-berried fruits. Fine, persistent tannins comfortably convey a long and lingering finish, signing off and providing closure for this medium-weight Shiraz, it possesses all the right ingredients to excel as an A-level Bin 128.