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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 cool-climate Shiraz. From the 1980 vintage, French oak replaced
American, highlighting the pepper, spice and floral characteristics that define this
style. Since this time, greater attention to fruit flavour ripeness has structurally
resulted in a more complete and complex wine style.
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking now – 2028.
Bright plum red.
Perfumed high notes propelled by glacéed cherry, red jelly crystal aromatics.
Elderflower? Florals and cedar beckon attention.
A spike of choco-mint reminds instantly of its regional source.
Bircher-muesli mix – verging towards more primal/earthy chaff/hay/hay-shed.
Freshness and vivacity – a by-product of this wine’s age and upbringing.
Pomegranate/cumquat/beetroot – inducing acidity/grip.
Camphor/menthol/spice/focussed/binding– courtesy of French oak (26% new).
Chalky/angular/grippy tannins pave the way to a long and lingering aftertaste.
Origin: Coonawarra, South Australia.
Maturation: 13 months in 26% new French oak, 37% 1-y.o. French oak, 37% 2-y.o.
Coonawarra has remained the source of Shiraz fruit for 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 1980’s when the transition was made from American to French oak.