Penfolds `Bin 128` Shiraz 2013 (3 x 750mL), Coonawarra, SA.

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 cigar-shaped terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, a region that exemplifies the perfume, transparency and seductive nature of cool-climate red table wines. Coonawarra has remained the primary 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 for 12 months, a method that was refined during the 1980’s when the transition was made from American to French oak.

2013 delivered an impressive Coonawarra vintage. Vines were in good health entering the growing season thanks to sufficient soil moisture profiles and warm, consistent spring weather. Budburst was early and fruit

set was even and successful resulting in a high number of berries per bunch. Significant bunch thinning was required at this stage to reduce yields and ensure the crop maintained intensity and concentration of flavour. Warm weather continued throughout December and January with a number of hot days proving to be the catalyst for what was a rapid veraison and an early start to vintage. A cool to mild Autumn ensued, providing late ripening varietals such as Shiraz and Cabernet the perfect conditions to achieve optimal sugar/acid balance and phenolic ripeness. Yields for the 2013 vintage are in line with the average for Coonawarra and the overall fruit quality is excellent, comparable to the much lauded 2010 and 2012 vintages.

Overview

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 cigar-shaped terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, a region that exemplifies the perfume, transparency and seductive nature of cool-climate red table wines. Coonawarra has remained the primary 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 for 12 months, a method that was refined during the 1980’s when the transition was made from American to French oak.

2013 delivered an impressive Coonawarra vintage. Vines were in good health entering the growing season thanks to sufficient soil moisture profiles and warm, consistent spring weather. Budburst was early and fruit

set was even and successful resulting in a high number of berries per bunch. Significant bunch thinning was required at this stage to reduce yields and ensure the crop maintained intensity and concentration of flavour. Warm weather continued throughout December and January with a number of hot days proving to be the catalyst for what was a rapid veraison and an early start to vintage. A cool to mild Autumn ensued, providing late ripening varietals such as Shiraz and Cabernet the perfect conditions to achieve optimal sugar/acid balance and phenolic ripeness. Yields for the 2013 vintage are in line with the average for Coonawarra and the overall fruit quality is excellent, comparable to the much lauded 2010 and 2012 vintages.

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

Expert Reviews

Penfolds new release tastings have now been scheduled to August, and although 128 has already been in the market for five months, the additional time since its release has certainly helped it, now accurately displaying the black plum skin and cracked pepper definition that flatters Coonawarra shiraz. Its framed neatly in dark chocolate oak and finely textured yet confident tannins of seamlessly woven integration. An impressive release for Bin 128, with a strong future before it.

Rating 94 - Tyson Stelzer - 2015

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep dark crimson.

Aroma

Intriguing Bin 128 and Coonawarra markers ascend almost immediately; florals, black pepper, cola. diplomatically sanctioned by a custodian Penfolds imprint. Cedary, spicy oak and the faintest suggestion of a BBQ char? Or, maybe not?! Lively red-curranted fruits garnished with a sprinkle of white chocolate dust.

Palate

Medium to full-bodied. Fine, grainy (tight) tannins mesh with black and red cherry fruits and savoury aniseed flourishes. Supportive French oak affords length, definition and cohesion.

Maturation

12 months in French oak hogsheads (26% new, 41% 1-y.o., 33% 2-y.o.)

Peak Drinking

Now – 2025

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