Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Bin 128 reflects the uniqueness of Coonawarra as one of the world's great winegrowing regions, the cool climate elegance of Coonawarra Shiraz is essential to the style of Bin 128. Before he left Britain, Christopher Rawson Penfold obtained vine cuttings from the south of France, were they Shiraz? He planted them around the grounds his modest stone cottage at Magill. Great attention today is paid to the ripeness of fruit that goes into Bin 128, making the wine fuller in style and structure, aged in a selection of new and seasoned French oak hogsheads for a year.
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.
Deep black purple hues. The nose is youthful and fresh with a rush of stylish fruits, raspberries and plum, a cedary oak background is in balance with the cooler climate spicesand 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.