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Penfolds Shiraz South Australia 2004

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Launched 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 elegant of cool-climate shiraz. From the 1980 vintage, French oak replaced American, highlighting the pepper, spice and floral characteristics that define this . Since the mid-1980s, greater attention has been paid to fruit ripeness, resulting in a wine that is fuller in and structure. Winemaker comments by Peter Gago The nose shows cooler-climate spices coupled with florals, black liquorice and pepper. French oak notes are just discernable, providing a cedar/charcoal-carbon backdrop against smallberried fruits. The refined and compact Bin 128 sits comfortably and confidently in the mouth with an appealing texture and softened tannins. Berried fruits, stylish oak and lively acidity add to the palate appeal. Balanced and varietal, this Bin 128 is true to its , region and vintage and will repay medium term cellaring. Enjoy in the next 5-6 years with beef, duck and game, or lamb.

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Varietal: Syrah
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  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

Launched 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 elegant of cool-climate shiraz. From the 1980 vintage, French oak replaced American, highlighting the pepper, spice and floral characteristics that define this . Since the mid-1980s, greater attention has been paid to fruit ripeness, resulting in a wine that is fuller in and structure. Winemaker comments by Peter Gago The nose shows cooler-climate spices coupled with florals, black liquorice and pepper. French oak notes are just discernable, providing a cedar/charcoal-carbon backdrop against smallberried fruits. The refined and compact Bin 128 sits comfortably and confidently in the mouth with an appealing texture and softened tannins. Berried fruits, stylish oak and lively acidity add to the palate appeal. Balanced and varietal, this Bin 128 is true to its , region and vintage and will repay medium term cellaring. Enjoy in the next 5-6 years with beef, duck and game, or lamb.

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