Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2018
"Quite a classic Coonawarra...a very sleek, intense and concentrated core...So complete and effortlessly powerful, in an elegant frame." James Suckling
|Grape Blend||Shiraz 100%|
Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2018 is a lovely deep, soft, complex Shiraz style from fruit grown on the unique terra rossa soils of Coonawarra; a region that exemplifies the elegant and seductive nature of cool-climate Shiraz. It was purchased in its original cases.
Coonawarra has remained the source of Shiraz fruit for the Bin 128 since the inaugural release of the 1962 vintage. In order to further enhance the regional qualities of Bin 128, the wine is matured in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak hogsheads; a method that was refined during the 1980s when the transition was made from American to French oak, suiting this lovely cool-climate style.
The origins of the Penfolds estate are set firmly in the medical sphere, and its reputation built up over the course of the 19th century based on the production of wines which were prescribed to patients by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold who had settled in South Australia from Brighton in 1844.
From the 1940s onwards the focus shifted in favour of producing table wines, and in 1951 the legendary chief winemaker Max Schubert began experimenting with the idea of making a long-lived red wine called Grange. The rest, as they say, is history.
"Quite a classic Coonawarra with cooler red-fruit tones, as well as a distinctive, eucalyptus thread to the sappy yet ripe red plums. The palate has a very sleek, intense and concentrated core of red-plum and blackcurrant flavors with very finely groomed tannins. So complete and effortlessly powerful, in an elegant frame." James Suckling
"One of the few Penfolds reds matured exclusively in French oak, the 2018 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz shows a fair bit of vanilla and cedar on the nose, complemented by blueberries, raspberries and peppery spice. Medium to full-bodied, it's not as big or rich as the other Shiraz in the portfolio, but it's attractive for its smooth, silky feel and intricate spice shadings." robertparker.com