Penfolds `Bin 128` Shiraz 2000 (3 x 750mL) Coonawarra, SA.

Description:

Launched 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 elegant style of coolclimate Shiraz. From the 1980 vintage, French oak replaced American, highlighting the pepper-and-spice characteristics that define this style. Since the mid-1980s greater attention has been paid to fruit ripeness, resulting in a wine that is fuller in style and structure.

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Launched 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 elegant style of coolclimate Shiraz. From the 1980 vintage, French oak replaced American, highlighting the pepper-and-spice characteristics that define this style. Since the mid-1980s greater attention has been paid to fruit ripeness, resulting in a wine that is fuller in style and structure.

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

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Vibrant red.

Aroma

A subtle French oak smokiness courts a regional dark cherried, peppered Shiraz offering an unmistakable Bin 128!

Palate

Aligns well with that promised on nose - cherried fruits with black pepper on the finish. Balance is its major feature - excellent length of fruit, soft round and ripe tannins, lovely natural acidity, and just the right amount of oak.

Vintage Conditions

Coonawarra experienced a very cool spring with reasonable rainfall leading to abundant shoot growth. Significant rain fell between Christmas and New Year, followed by very dry and hot conditions from the New Year until March. Across all vineyard blocks, there was a consistency of quality that will be the hallmark of the year.

Cellaring Potential

Now to 2013.

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

  • 2000 vintage
  • 3 x 750mL units
  • SA - Coonawarra, South Australia
  • Cork closure
  • 13.5% alc.
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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