Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
In 1960 Bill Redman persuaded Max Schubert to acquire a parcel of Coonawarra Terra rossa soil and the Bin 128 experience was born. It was originally labelled as Claret, and whilst the quality of Shiraz has increased immeasurably ever since, very little has changed about how Bin 128 is made, it's vinification follows the traditional Penfolds house style. One of the few Penfold wines which are sourced exclusively from a specific region, Bin 128 reflects the uniqueness of Coonawarra and the elegant, stylish expressions of cooler climate Terra rossa Shiraz.
Penfold's mastery of Shiraz capitalizes on the unique conditions of Coonawarra, to create a wine which delivers a distinctly regional twist to the classic Penfold style. Coonawarra enjoys a relatively cool climate and yields a unique style of Shiraz. Aromatically, Bin 128 exhibits more pepper than sweet spice, red rather than black fruits and fennel over anise. Structurally it is a firmer Shiraz, with pronounced acid and savoury tannins. Great attention is paid to fruit ripeness, resulting in the developement of fuller, more generous Shiraz flavours, for a wine of solid structure and style. The finished wine is treated to twelve months maturation in a combination of new and prior use French oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.5%
Crimson colour, deep red core. Delicately scented with fragrances of lavender/, rosemary and rose petal. Well absorbed oak, cedar and a suggestion of regional artefact, spearmint and blackcurrant pastille. Subtle background scents of fruit mince, sage and brown butter cautiously seep in to fill any aromatic void. A linear, defined palate, alluring flavours, prominent grainy tannins, French oak in balance, stylishly understated, finishing firm.