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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Launched in 1962, Penfolds Bin 128 is a regional wine
that reflects the unique climate and growing conditions
of South Australia's Coonawarra district and the relatively
elegant style of cool-climate Shiraz. From the 1980 vintage,
French oak replaced American, highlighting the pepper,
spice and floral characteristics that define this style. Since the
mid-1980s, greater attention has been paid to fruit ripeness,
resulting in a wine that is fuller in style and structure.
Color: A glistening red-purple
Nose: The nose is youthful and exuberant with wafts
of black pepper, black olive and licorice.
There are background savory charcuterie
notes, and a modicum of cedary oak is just
Palate: Youthful and lively, the wine shows dark fruits
and menthol flavors with an excellent, rich
mid-palate. Tingling (natural) acidity coupled
with stylish oak and prominent tannins offers
grip, tightness and definition. While this wine
needs time, it is certainly appealing and of
interest in youth. Monitor the evolution.
Food matches: Beef, duck & game, lamb
Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of...Read More About Penfolds
Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, Coonawarra is a pretty flat area, except for the vineyards, which are somewhat elevated. That, along with the proximity to the ocean and clouds that like to hang around, Coonawarra never gets too hot. There is a small strip of soil, about nine miles long and two miles wide, called Terra Rossa, or red soil/earth. It is the...Read More About Coonawarra
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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