Penfolds is probably Australia’s most well known wine label; anybody and everybody will recognise its distinctive bottle. Bin 128 is one of the most distinctive reds in under the Penfolds label but this is a little more old school.

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1992 Coonawarra Bin 128 Shiraz

The ‘Coonawarra Shiraz’ is matured solely in French oak and is one of the few Penfolds reds that isn’t a multi regional blend. Penfolds Bin 128 is typically zesty, white pepper, floral and in recent decades is richer and fuller bodied so it will be interesting to see what 20 years will do to this style. Lets do this…

With aged wines you want to decant to remove any sediment buildup but be careful not to over aerate else the wine may oxidises in your hands! This was decanted gently, then went straight into a glass/mouth, same same, whatever 😛

The nose was very light with damp earth and leaves in the foreground. There are red fruits coated by vanilla essence in the back. This wine comes off etherial and elegant; very different to what you expect from this label. The acidity limps along on the initial attack and builds up into a sour cherry mid palate backed with tobacco leaves, charcoal, grilled meats, bay leaf and other herbs; all under a light bodied guise. A multilayered wine with a great mix of secondary characters. Finished with light tannins, great bark characters, brings you to the outback with gum nuts and breadcrumbs.

I really liked the way this wine evolved and it’s style. The phrase “gentle giant” came to mind; it was an elegant wine, but still punchy and came across with strong flavours. It has a good structure at this age, nicely layered and quite complex.

Ken’s thumbs up, though having said that, it has probably juuusssst past its peak so time to venture into your cellars people, I wouldn’t wait much longer to drink this. Me thinks have it with crispy skin duck.

Kenny

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