Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2016
Penfolds-Bin-128-Coonawarra-Shiraz-2016

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2016

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Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Shiraz

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Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2016

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Producer: Penfolds

Country: Australia

Region: Coonawarra

Vintage: 2016

Critic Score: 96

Alcohol: 14.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2045


The palate sings with a rich brocade of black cherry and fine-grained tannins. Its balance and length are impeccable - James Halliday

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.

"A lovely concentrated wine with deep-set blackberry and ginger spice flavours, vigorous fine loose-knit tannins and integrated mineral acidity. Still elemental yet powerful and expressive. Beautifully layered with promising cellaring potential."  Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021

The 2016 Bin 128 Kalimna was matured for 12 months in French oak (30% new).

"Medium-deep crimson. Intense ripe blackberry and raspberry fruits with ginger-savoury oak. A lovely concentrated wine with deep-set blackberry and ginger spice flavours, vigorous fine loose-knit tannins and integrated mineral acidity. Still elemental yet powerful and expressive. Beautifully layered with promising cellaring potential. Drink 2023 to 2045.

Vintage Conditions: Rainfall in Coonawarra was significantly below the long-term average for the entire growing season, while above average temperatures prevailed. Budburst, flowering, veraison and harvest were all earlier than is usually expected of this relatively cool region. December was especially warm with 9 days recorded over 35°C, accelerating vine growth with record times between budburst and veraison. Cool south-easterly breezes originating off the nearby Southern Ocean moderated temperatures from January onwards. February and March temperatures were mild, and the cold nights and warm days delivered an extended ripening period. Overall, tremendous colours, flavour and fine textured tannins."  Penfolds

Expert reviews

"Medium-deep crimson. Intense ripe blackberry and raspberry fruits with ginger-savoury oak. A lovely concentrated wine with deep-set blackberry and ginger spice flavours, vigorous fine loose-knit tannins and integrated mineral acidity. Still elemental yet powerful and expressive. Beautifully layered with promising cellaring potential."  Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating

"Striking hue, depth and clarity; the bouquet and palate sing in unison with a rich brocade of black cherry and stitches of cedary French oak (ex 30% new hogsheads) and fine-grained tannins. Its balance and length are impeccable. Drink by: 2041."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 96 points and Special Value Wine  

"A mild summer with cold nights made for an extended ripening period that has infused great depth of flavour and focus in an impressive vintage for Bin 128. A deep and compact core of satsuma plum and blackberry fruit is eloquently framed in fine-grained tannins which carry the finish long and linear. An impressive 128, flattering in its youth, and possessing great potential. Drink 2026-2031."  Tyson Stelzer - 94 points

"Deep, rich red colour with a tint of purple. The bouquet is chocolaty and rich, with ripe blackberry and spice nuances, the palate also ripe and generous, showing the qualities of a generously sunny year. There is flesh and almost opulence on the palate. Traces of licorice and spice, chocolate and mocha on the palate and finish, which is satisfyingly long. A very good Bin 128. Drink: 2018-2039."  Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 93 points

"I put my nose near this and thought of rosemary. Maybe I was thinking of lunch. It's awash with succulent red berried fruit, musk never too far away, pods of vanilla just managing to peep above the overt freshness of the fruit. Spice notes roam throughout. Tannin is like the kid who stays living with his/her parents into their 40s; it's almost unbearably comfortable and at ease in the wine. Accessible it certainly is. Drink: 2018-2028+."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 92 points 

Awards

Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating
Special value wine - Halliday Wine Companion  

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.