Created in 1962, Penfolds Bin 128 is a regional wine that reflects the unique climate and growing conditions of South Australia’s Coonawarra district and the relatively elegant style of cool-climate Shiraz. From the 1980 vintage, French oak replaced American, highlighting the pepper, spice and floral characteristics that define this style. Since this time, greater attention to fruit flavour ripeness has structurally resulted in a more complete and complex wine style.
Bin 128 - 2012 Vintage
“Claret-like weight and composure.”
“Reminiscent of 1960’s Bin 128’s – e.g. ’62, ’66.”
“One of the tasting highlights of the 2014 Penfolds Bin Releases – should age longer-term, slowly.”
Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief Winemaker
- SA - Coonawarra
- South Australia
Rating 92 - TS - Published on 27 Jul 2014, Australian Wine Companion
A young release for an ageworthy style, this is not a wine to be judged in haste. Tightly coiled and focused, it takes some coaxing to tease out vibrant red cherry and plum fruits from a subtly gamey core. Tannins are well structured for a promising future.
Rating 88 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Feb 2014, #211, eRobertParker.com
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz shows a youthfully muted nose of black and red plums, mulberries plus hints of pepper, charcoal, damp earth and sage. The medium to full-bodied palate centers on a decent core of mid-palate fruit structured by medium levels of chewy tannins and lively acid. It finishes long. 5,110 bottles were made. Drink it now to 2020+.
Winery Tasting Notes
Bright plum red.
Perfumed high notes propelled by glacéed cherry, red jelly crystal aromatics. Elderflower? Florals and cedar beckon attention. A spike of choco-mint reminds instantly of its regional source. Bircher-muesli mix – verging towards more primal/earthy chaff/hay/hay-shed.
Freshness and vivacity – a by-product of this wine’s age and upbringing. Pomegranate/cumquat/beetroot – inducing acidity/grip. Camphor/menthol/spice/focussed/binding– courtesy of French oak (26% new). Chalky/angular/grippy tannins pave the way to a long and lingering aftertaste.
2014 – 2028.