Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2008
Penfolds-Bin-128-Coonawarra-Shiraz-2008

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2008

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Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Shiraz

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Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2008

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Producer: Penfolds

Country: Australia

Region: Coonawarra

Vintage: 2008

Critic Score: 93

Alcohol: 14.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2032


Concentrated blackberry and raspberry fruits. Delicious - Penfolds Rewards of Patience

Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating

Penfolds Bin 128 is sourced from the unique terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, a region that exemplifies the perfume, transparency and seductive nature of cool climate red table wines. Coonawarra has remained the sole source of shiraz fruit for Bin 128 since the inaugural release of the 1962 vintage. In order to further enhance the regional qualities of Bin 128, the wine is matured in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak hogsheads, a method that was refined during the 1980's when the transition was made from American to French oak. The cool climate Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz provides an interesting counterpoint to the more opulent and richly concentrated warm climate Bin 28 Shiraz.

"The medium-bodied palate opens up to cherry, plum and blackberry fruits with precisely judged oak and tannin support; a long future."  James Halliday

The 2008 Bin 128 Kalimna was matured in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads.

"Medium-deep crimson. Fresh blackberry, roasted chestnut and vanilla aromas with herb garden notes. Concentrated blackberry and raspberry fruits, fine grainy tannins, roasted chestnut and vanilla oak complexity, mid-palate viscosity and integrated mineral acidity. Firm and inky at the finish. Delicious and expressive wine. Drink now to 2032.

Vintage Conditions: Spring received above average rain which reduced frost pressure. The rest of the growing season from December - March was very dry, with only 25mm in late January to freshen the vines pre-veraison. High temperatures in short bursts in January necessitated careful water management to maintain canopy function and vine health, which excelled in the vineyards through to harvest. Between the short hot spells the temperatures were cool to mild which created appealing flavour development."  Penfolds

Expert reviews

"Medium-deep crimson. Fresh blackberry, roasted chestnut and vanilla aromas with herb garden notes. Concentrated blackberry and raspberry fruits, fine grainy tannins, roasted chestnut and vanilla oak complexity, mid-palate viscosity and integrated mineral acidity. Firm and inky at the finish. Delicious and expressive wine. Drink now to 2032."  Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating 

"Strong colour; black fruit aromas have a caress of oak; the medium-bodied palate opens up to cherry, plum and blackberry fruits with precisely judged oak and tannin support; a long future. Drink to 2023."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 93 points 

"The 2008 release of Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz is ripe and delicious – you'd call it solid, at least in Coonawarra shiraz terms – though the asking price needs at least $10 shaved from it. Thankfully, retailers will likely take care of that. It's big and spicy, plummy and warm. It's definitely a bigger version of Bin 128 than usual. It was a warm year in a cool climate – almost always a good combination. Boysenberries and cherries and plums. Fresh oak-spice. It drinks very nicely now, with good texture and length, though it needs another nine to 18 months in bottle to integrate properly. I'd argue that this has been released too young, but I wouldn't argue against its quality. Drink: 2013-2020."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 91+ points

"Deep, dark red/purple hue. Excellent colour. Dry spices, walnut and bayleaf. Dried garrigue herbs. Very attractive. A hint of star anise. Big, tannic, solid wine, again built to age long term. Big, grippy tannin finish. Forceful, emphatic and long. Not a wine of particular finesse, though.  Drink: 2013-2033."  Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 91 points 

Awards

Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating

After the success of early sherries and fortified wines, founders Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold planted the vine cuttings they had carried on their voyage over to Australia. In 1844 the fledging vineyard was officially established as the Penfolds wine company at Magill Estate.

As the company grew, so too did Dr Penfold's medical reputation, leaving much of the running of the winery to Mary Penfold. Early forays into Clarets and Rieslings proved increasingly popular, and on Christopher's death in 1870, Mary assumed total responsibility for the winery. Mary's reign at the helm of Penfolds saw years of determination and endeavour.

By the time Mary Penfold retired in 1884 (ceding management to her daughter, Georgina) Penfolds was producing 1/3 of all South Australia's wine. She'd set an agenda that continues today, experimenting with new methods in wine production. By Mary's death in 1896, the Penfolds legacy was well on its way to fruition. By 1907, Penfolds had become South Australia's largest winery.

In 1948, history was made again as Max Schubert became the company's first Chief Winemaker. A loyal company man and true innovator, Schubert would propel Penfolds onto the global stage with his experimentation of long-lasting wines - the creation of Penfolds Grange in the 1950s.

In 1959 (while Schubert was perfecting his Grange experiment in secret), the tradition of ‘bin wines' began. The first, a Shiraz wine with the grapes of the company's own Barossa Valley vineyards was simply named after the storage area of the cellars where it is aged. And so Kalimna Bin 28 becomes the first official Penfolds Bin number wine.

In 1960, the Penfolds board instructed Max Schubert to officially re-start production on Grange. His determination and the quality of the aged wine had won them over.

Soon, the medals began flowing and Grange quickly became one of the most revered wines around the world. In 1988 Schubert was named Decanter Magazine's Man of the Year, and on the 50th anniversary of its birth, Penfolds Grange was given a heritage listing in South Australia.

Despite great success, Penfolds never rests on its laurels. In 2012 Penfolds released its most innovative project to date - 12 handcrafted ampoules of the rare 2004 Kalimna Block Cabernet Sauvignon.

Two years later, Penfolds celebrated the 170th anniversary – having just picked up a perfect score of 100 for the 2008 Grange in two of the world's most influential wine magazines. Today, Penfolds continues to hold dear the philosophies and legends – '1844 to evermore!'.

Wine region map of South Australia

South Australia

South Australian is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. It is home to more than 900 wineries across 18 wine regions. The regions are Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Plains, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Currency Creek, Eden Valley, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, Padthaway, Riverland, Robe, Southern Fleurieu, Southern Flinders Ranges and Wrattonbully.

Many of the well-known names in the South Australian wine industry established their first vineyards in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The first vines in McLaren Vale were planted at Reynella in 1839 and Penfold's established Magill Estate on the outskirts of Adelaide in 1844.

South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the State to be able to produce a range of grape varieties - from cool climate Riesling in the Clare and Eden Vallies to the big, full bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Two of Australia's best-known wines, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, are produced here. There is much to discover in South Australia for the wine lover.