Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2016 (Cork Closure)
With each vintage release the cool-climate Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz provides an interesting counterpoint to the more opulent and richly concentrated warm-climate Kalimna® Bin 28 Shiraz.
Bin 128 comprises fruit sourced from the unique terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, a region that exemplifies the perfume, transparency and seductive nature of cool-climate red table wines.
Licentious and ‘loud’ … and why not?! An animated uplift of so many desirable shiraz fragrances from South Australia’s Coonawarra region.
Liberated Mediterranean spices – paprika, rosemary, pink peppercorn – merge into scents of earthy, gamey sautéed lentil, and then to those of steamed corned beef/silverside.
In parallel, charmed by wafts of the exposed top pastry layer of freshly baked strudel – still moist and imbued with rhubarb, date and preserved fig.
Cedar, cigar box French oak further confirming this marque’s style thumbprint.
Convincingly, silverside/corned beef flavours best reflect this region’s matured 2016 shiraz fruit expression … freshness insured with a cranberry and fresh date garnish.
Dusty – undeniably terra rossa derived. Closer inspection reveals a brick dust textural mesh, reinforced by fine grained, chalky tannins.
Focussed oak and bright acidity play an important supportive role.
Subtle, layered. Lingers.
92/100 The Wine Front
93 / 100 Cellarmaster Value Rating