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Penfolds Shiraz Bin 128 2010

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French oak notes are just discernible, providing a cedar/charcoal-carbon backdrop against small-berried fruits. The refined and compact Bin 128 sits comfortably and confidently in the mouth with an appealing texture and softened tannins. Stylish oak and lively acidity add to the palate appeal. Balanced and varietal, this Bin 128 is true to its style, region and vintage and will repay medium term cellaring.

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Penfolds Wines:
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

External Reviews for Penfolds Shiraz Bin 128

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/24/2012

Opaque ruby. Sexy oak-spiced aromas of cherry-cola, boysenberry and pipe tobacco. Lush and creamy in texture, with intense dark fruit flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Dusty tannins add shape to a long, sappy, appealingly sweet finish. This wine is a baby.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/29/2013

A convivial, lively shiraz, 128 offers red fruit vibrancy balanced by round, spicy tannins. Its simple berry-scented fruit will keep you chewing on the bones long after the lamb chops are gone.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/03/2014

Opaque ruby. Sexy oak-spiced aromas of cherry-cola, boysenberry and pipe tobacco. Lush and creamy in texture, with intense dark fruit flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Dusty tannins add shape to a long, sappy, appealingly sweet finish. This wine is a baby. This crisp red shows density and depth to the blackberry, licorice and pepper flavors, which play against firm tannins on the spicy finish. Best from 2014 through 2018. 11,500 cases imported. -HS ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
11/12/2013

Undurchdringliche Farbe mit violetten Rändern. Das Bouquet erinnert an Soja und Schwarztee. Diese außergewöhnliche Duftserie wird am Gaumen durch die typische Barossa-Charakteristik komplettiert: Die Eichenwürze ist betont sanft, was der dichten Frucht der Shiraz Gelegenheit gibt, überschwänglich aufzutreten. Pfeffrige Frucht steht neben raffinierten Akzenten von Anis, Rhabarber und Roter Bete. Die normalerweise zu erwartenden Fruchtaromen von roten und schwarzen Johannisbeeren sind nur leicht zu erkennen. Am Gaumen wirkt der Bin 150 frisch und jugendlich. Die Textur ist seidig, geschmeidig und von feinkörnigen Tanninen durchzogen. Am Gaumen lassen sich deutlich geröstete Kaffeebohnen finden, die zerstampft mit Waldbeeren, Veilchen und Muskat ihren Geschmack verströmen.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/24/2012

This crisp red shows density and depth to the blackberry, licorice and pepper flavors, which play against firm tannins on the spicy finish. Best from 2014 through 2018.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

Opaque ruby. Sexy oak-spiced aromas of cherry-cola, boysenberry and pipe tobacco. Lush and creamy in texture, with intense dark fruit flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Dusty tannins add shape to a long, sappy, appealingly sweet finish. This wine is a baby. This crisp red shows density and depth to the blackberry, licorice and pepper flavors, which play against firm tannins on the spicy finish. Best from 2014 through 2018. 11,500 cases imported. -HS


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
06/17/2013

Chief-Winemaker John Duval beschreibt diesen Wein wie folgt: "Der Coonawarra Bin 128, gekeltert aus 100% Shiraz, zeigt den typischen Fruchtcharakter dieser Traube. Ziel soll es sein, dem Wein einen leichten, feinen Holzcharakter zu verleihen." Das Traubengut, alles erstklassige Shiraz-Trauben, geerntet im perfekten Reifezustand, zeigt ein optimal blumiges, ein loderndes Bouquet. Sein Körper ist weich und komplex mit einem reifen und tiefen Fruchtgeschmack, sowie leichten Vanille-Aromen. Im Abgang angenehme Tannine, die durch eine Lagerung sogar noch feiner werden.



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French oak notes are just discernible, providing a cedar/charcoal-carbon backdrop against small-berried fruits. The refined and compact Bin 128 sits comfortably and confidently in the mouth with an appealing texture and softened tannins. Stylish oak and lively acidity add to the palate appeal. Balanced and varietal, this Bin 128 is true to its style, region and vintage and will repay medium term cellaring.

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