2016 Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz
92 Points | The Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Bin 128 Shiraz is one of the few truly regional bottlings you'll find from Penfolds. It's red-fruited and bright, with raspberries and cherries couched in supple layers of French oak. Caramel and mocha shadings add richness and depth, with dry cedary-savory notes on the finish."
- Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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, gamy 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 flavors 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.
Focused oak and bright acidity play an important supportive role.
Subtle, layered. Lingers.
Rainfall in Coonawarra was significantly below the long-term average for the entire growing season, while above average temperatures prevailed. Budburst, flowering, veraison and harvest were all earlier than is usually expected of this relatively cool region. December was especially warm with 9 days recorded over 35°C, accelerating vine growth with record times between budburst and veraison.
Cool south-easterly breezes originating off the nearby Southern Ocean moderated temperatures from January onwards. February and March temperatures were mild, and the cold nights and warm days delivered an extended ripening period. Overall, tremendous colors, flavor and fine textured tannins.
: Coonawarra, South Australia.
: 12 months new French oak (30% new)
: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.6 g/L, pH: 3.64
“A cool climate offer in a warm year… a magical year for Shiraz!”
“A forward and weighty palate belying that expected from a cool climate region?”
“A food wine … with a recommendation bias towards cheese or duck – across any type, or mode of preparation.”
“A traditional, older style Bin 128 … totally aligned to the many older vintages opened at various Penfolds Recorking Clinics.”
“As Rewards of Patience (Ed VII) has recently validated – after approx. four decades in bottle Bin 128 often overtakes Bin 28 cellarability.”
- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker