2012 Tasting Notes

Created in 1962, Penfolds Bin 128 is a regional wine that reflects the unique climate and growing conditions of South Australia's Coonawarra district and the relatively elegant style of coolclimate Shiraz. From the 1980 vintage, French oak replaced American, highlighting the pepper, spice and floral characteristics that define this style. Since the mid-1980s, a greater attention has been paid to fruit ripeness, resulting in a wine that is fuller in style and structure.

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With fruit sourced almost entirely from company-owned Coonawarra vineyards, the 1962 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz marked the beginning of a long and important period of Penfolds winemaking in the area.

Coonawarra enjoys a relatively cool climate and the profile of shiraz from this region differs markedly to shiraz produced from the Barossa. Aromatically, the Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz exhibits more peppery spice than sweet spice, red rather than black fruits and fennel over aniseed. Structurally it is firmer, with pronounced acid and savoury tannins.

This refined wine is renowned for its consistency and reliability as both a current-drinking and cellaring-type red.

Bin 128 represents the synergistic blending of Penfolds’ mastery of shiraz with the unique climate and growing conditions of Coonawarra, to create a wine that delivers a distinctly regional twist to the classic Penfolds style.


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Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2008

Paul Ippolito, 7 April 2010, www.paulippolito.com.au

I like the varietal and regional roots of this wine. It certainly shines in each direction from the first pour and takes you to nice interesting places as you go along. Cool mint menthol alpine on one level, ripeness elegant spicy pepperiness on another. Good oak, youthful melded well with the fruit, taking it and making it long and far on the finish. Very respectable drinking and there for the long haul as well.


  • Wine Name & Year
  • Show Name & Year
  • Award & Class
  • Penfolds Bin Range Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2007
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 18
  • Penfolds Bin Range Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2004
    International Wine Challenge 2007