Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2014 750ml
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. C
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.
All spice – primarily nutmeg/cinnamon and basil. Clove (eugenolic character?) from French oak? Maybe. A propulsion of red fruits, sour cherry and liqueur cherry high notes… accompanied by less apparent freshlysliced cherry tomato, tomato paste aromas. At this stage – no tell-tale pepper, no liquorice. A brioche/bready/yoghurt amalgam reluctantly ascends upon sitting in glass
Compact, focussed yet succulent. Not that ‘plummy’, nevertheless other Coonawarra markers do resonate – redcurrant, pomegranate, black cherry. Great length, with graphite/pencil shavings oak enhancing finish. Obedient dusty/chalky tannins comply on the periphery.