2012 Penfolds "Bin 128" Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia

SKU #1159243 93 points James Suckling

 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.  (3/ 2014)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (2/ 2014)

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)  (2/ 2014)

K&L Notes

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."

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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/22/2014  | Send Email
This is one seductive Shiraz! The bouquet is dominated by more red fruits with tobacco leaf, cedar, sandlewood, chocolate and a hint of eucalyptus. On the palate, the wine is concentrated with great purity and a multi-layered complex finish that goes on and on. Gorgeous stuff, and another great 2012 from Penfolds.

By: Shaun Green |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/8/2014  | Send Email
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The Bin 128 is a serious and solid Syrah despite its fairly reasonable place in the Penfolds price lineup. The French oak is deftly layered into wonderfully solid warm Syrah fruit tinged with black spices and touches of leather and mild tobacco leaf. Bright red fruit highlights show themselves nicely at the long lingering finish. Bravo!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/8/2014  | Send Email
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A beautifully perfumed Shiraz with classic aromatics of spicy plush red fruits, some Cassis, sweet plums, crushed mint and sandalwood. On the palate the wine is perfectly polished and pure with fine elegant tannins, bright but juicy berry fruits and some subtle fresh picked herb characters. The fruit profile perfectly plays the edge of rich soft red fruit with some darker, riper fruit edges complimented by that fresh crushed herb / garrigue fragrance. Pretty serious Shiraz in a very sleek attractive style.
Drink from 2013 to 2023

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Coonawarra

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5