2012 Penfolds "Bin 128" Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
A quite meaty nose with swanky spicy oak on offer, a wealth of cinnamon and baking spice, really fragrant, gently meaty and showing hints of regional leaf and mint, more elegant aromas of bright cassis and elderflower. The palate delivers juicy, elegant and assertively structured style, neatly combed tannins flow without missing a beat, there's concentrated dark fruit, redder notes too, cassis, cherry and some lively pippy tang through the finish. One of the best recent vintages of Bin 128. Buy up.
Deep dark cherry red. Restrained at first and then a minty Coonawarra character. Ripe, minty/eucalypt styled but also deliciously ripe dark fruit, becoming a little floral as it opens. Deep and rich and kind on the palate. No barrel ferment. Spicy and full flavoured but the tannins are fine even though they are deep and rounded. Juicy finish but the acid seems added? More of the flavour up front than length. Acid seems to stick out a bit on the finish? (JH)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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+. (LPB)
Bin 128 has a long history dating back to 1962. This wine is specifically designed to offer a slightly more elegant style than the muscular Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz. Its cooler Coonawarra origin is a key feature in this wines brightness, spice and floral nature. Unlike many of the Penfolds wines, this release is raised in exclusively French oak cooperage. The 128 has haunting aromatics with tons of crushed herbs like thyme and mint, dark rose petals, toasted Indian spices all wrapped up in high-toned red fruits. The palate agrees with pomegranate, cherry skin, a touch of fresh tobacco and spice. The wine has some pretty serious structure with firm acidity and fine but grippy tannins drawing out the palate and speaking of a potentially long future ahead. Chief winemaker Peter Gago comments that the 2012 Bin 128 is "one of the tasting highlights of the 2014 Penfolds Bin Releases [and] should age longer-term, slowly."