Penfolds `Bin 128` Shiraz 1998 (3 x 750mL) Coonawarra, SA.

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Penfolds Bin 128 is one of a number of Penfolds reds that resulted from Max Schubert’s experimental winemaking program. The first vintage was 1962. Bin 128 is a single-region wine that reflects both Coonawarra terroir and the character of cool-climate Shiraz. Because of its lighter style, Bin 128 is matured in French oak. Greater emphasis on optimal fruit ripeness has also raised the quality of Bin 128 since the mid-1980s.

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Penfolds Bin 128 is one of a number of Penfolds reds that resulted from Max Schubert’s experimental winemaking program. The first vintage was 1962. Bin 128 is a single-region wine that reflects both Coonawarra terroir and the character of cool-climate Shiraz. Because of its lighter style, Bin 128 is matured in French oak. Greater emphasis on optimal fruit ripeness has also raised the quality of Bin 128 since the mid-1980s.

Region:
SA - Coonawarra
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Bright crimson red.

Aroma

Coonawarra varietal notes with green tobacco and a whiff of spice, white pepper and menthol. Beguiling lift of Chinese pork, freshly shelled walnut and pistachio.

Palate

Lively, rich, ripe Coonawarra shiraz with damson plum, beetroot and blackberry flavours. Generous, sweet mid-palate with rounded, softened oak tannins. A lovely, ripe Bin 128, a confident follow-up to the floral, peppery 1997.

Winery Profile

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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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Other Information

  • 1998 vintage
  • 3 x 750mL units
  • SA - Coonawarra, South Australia
  • Cork closure
Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. GraysOnline liquor licence LIQP770010049

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