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Professional Ratings: 87 International Wine Cellar
Region: Coonawarra, Australia
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%
Item no. 21087
Penfolds Bin 128 is one of the most distinctive reds in the Penfolds stable. Firstly, as a 'Coonawarra Shiraz', it is one of the few Penfolds reds that isn't a multi regional blend. It is also one of only two Penfolds reds, Clare Estate being the other, to be matured solely in French oak. French oak generally lends a wine understated, aromatic characters and is therefore a better choice with more subtly flavoured wines. Coonawarra typically produces zesty, spicy and supple Shiraz fruit that exhibits a richness of flavour and a mouth-filling roundness on the palate. Bin 128 is true to this style.
The 1995 vintage is a brick red color and contains a complex amalgam of aromas including raspberry, kirsch, chocolate, leather, and restrained, cedar-like French oak. The palate is soft and approachable with sweet fruit characters complexed by white pepper and green peppercorn nuances. Subtle, vanillin oak pleasantly completes the picture.
This wine pairs nicely with duck, game and lamb.
Dark red-ruby. Black raspberry, coffee, and chocolate on the nose; showed framboise and fresh herbal notes with aeration. Juicy, spicy and supple, with enticing inner-mouth perfume and a mineral nuance. Solid acidity gives the fruit good clarity. Finishes bright and firm, with fine-grained tannins. Excellent value; very successful for this bottling.