Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2019
95 POINTS TYSON STELZER, HUON HOOKE, BOB CAMPBELL & ANDREW CAILLARD
- 95 POINT RATED TYSON STELZER HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- 95 POINT RATED BOB CAMPBELL THE REAL REVIEW
- 95 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW
- 95 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILLARD MW
- 93 POINT RATED CAMPBELL MATTINSON THE WINE FRONT
Garnet with crimson on rim. An aromatic veil of black-truffled earthiness meshed with porcini mushroom over a dark chocolate base.Beneath, spiced French oak evident (predominantly cinnamon) – not quite a nuttiness (but if it were to be, most akin to preserved walnut). A transient lift of violet florals quickly superseded by the assertive ascent of a ‘just-roasted beef outer-crustiness’! Coonawarra shiraz? But of course.
A quilt of berried shiraz fruits and lingering tannins provide a structural palate platform. A recollection of corned beef and aspic jelly flavours, with but a touch of menthol/fresh tobacco abetting small-berried fruits.A Coonawarra line of acidity affords both vivacity and length of palate. French oak there to help! Looks like, tastes like ... 128.
95 Point Rated - Tyson Stelzer Halliday Wine Companion
"Matured 12 months in 24% new French oak hogsheads. I love the bright yet deep and precise satsuma plum core to this release, the way it melds seamlessly with the white pepper that declares Coonawarra shiraz, and the violet lift that elevates the back palate in a wonderful glimmer of cool climate palate fragrance. Magnificent acid line and fine-ground chalk mineral tannins epitomise Coonawarra and declare a long future. I’ve been avidly following and cellaring Bin 128 for 25 vintages, and this is up there with my favourites."
95 Point Rated - Bob Campbell The Real Review
"Bright, vibrant, high-energy cabernet sauvignon, with impressive power and concentrated cassis, blackcurrant bud, cedar and mint flavours providing good varietal definition. It clearly shows great cellaring potential despite being approachable now."
95 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"Bright, deep purple/red colour, which leaves residue in the glass when swirled. Spicy blackberry, aniseed aromas, lots of blackstrap licorice, the palate intense and focused, fine and driving, with bright flavour and elegance allied with discreet power. The palate has tension and drive, tautness and penetration. It gives the impression of just beginning to unfold its treasures. A superb shiraz."
95 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
"Medium deep crimson. A classic claret style wine with lovely intense lifted blackcurrant, blackberry, mocha cedarwood aromas with light sage/ herb garden notes. Inky deep, generous and compact with fresh blackcurrant, blackberry, mulberry, red cherry fruits, plentigil fine- grained tannins, and underlying savoury oak. Finishes juicy firm with an attractive fine tannin plume. Has the substance, tannin quality and the balance to age for the long term. A beautiful expressive Bin 128 vintage showing the class of terra-rossa vineyards and the thumbprint of the Penfolds house style."
93 Point Rated - Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
"French oak, single region, Coonawarra, shiraz. 24% new oak. Eucalypt on raspberry street. Indeed the fruit notes here tend into darker, black cherry and loganberry, almost into blackberry territory, with woody/anise notes contributing to the impression, along with trademark musk. This stood out in the line for its overt eucalyptus characters, something I don’t commonly associate with this label, though it also stood out for its full kirsch-like flourishes. It’s a very good Bin 128."
93 Point Rated - David Sly Decanter
Coonawarra enjoyed winter rainfall 22% above the long-term average, which set the vines up with good soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Spring temperatures were average to slightly above-average, although September was the coolest month recording two sub 0°C events that saw frost fans spinning into action. Spring and summer were very dry with only 76% of the long-term average rainfall recorded. Coonawarra experienced 20 days of temperature greater than 35°C during the months of December to March. There was no significant crop loss due to heat and vine canopies remained in excellent condition through to the end of harvest. The proximity of the Great Southern Ocean mitigated the warm weather, with cooler nights providing respite and allowing for good flavour development. Cool and dry conditions in April were ideal to complete ripening with an orderly harvest delivering slightly below-average yields of excellent quality grapes.
Coonawarra, South Australia.
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar up to 2044|
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