Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Penfolds Bin 128 remains one of the purest editions within the Penfolds stable. Firstly, as a Coonawarra Shiraz, it is one of the few Penfolds reds that isn't a multi regional blend. Launched in 1962, Penfolds Bin 128 reflects the unique climate and growing conditions of the Coonawarra and the elegant style of cool-climate Shiraz. French oak highlights the pepper, spice and floral characteristics that define this style. Great attention is paid to fruit ripeness for the Bin 128, resulting in the developement of fuller Shiraz flavours, in a wine of style and structure. An awesome table red to mate with duck, game or lamb.
A favourable growing season leading up to the 2005 vintage, Coonawarra experienced a cool dry summer, with the grapes ripening evenly and early. Overall perfect vintage weather with no rain offered a great opportunity to make wines of classic varietal character and longevity. This wine was matured for 11 months in a combination of new (20%), one, two and three year old French oak hogsheads. The deeply berried fruits of the growing season, and stylish oak treatment made a balanced and varietal wine that's immensely true to its style, region and vintage. Alcohol 14.0% Acidity 6.2g/L pH 3.57.
A vibrant and glistening, red-purple. The nose is youthful and exuberant with wafts of ground black pepper, black olive and liquorice. There are background savoury charcouterie spice notes, ginger, white pepper and truffle, closely followed by detectable cedar and oak elements. A youthful and lively red, engaging, offering mega dark fruits and menthol flavours with an excellent rich mid palate. Tingling natural fruit acids coupled with extremely favourable oak and prominent tannins gives grip, tightness and definition. The 2005 Bin 128 is a medium bodied wine of impressive length and flavour persistence. A great Shiraz to enjoy with roast standing sirloin and savoury barbequed pork.