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Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    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 detectable.

    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

    Critical Acclaim

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    Penfolds Wines, , Australia
    Penfolds
    Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines since 1844 and 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 stand-out wines both white and red have been released under the Penfolds masthead.

    Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker and only the 4th custodian of Grange, relishes the opportunity to bring Penfolds to the world stage and is an enthusiastic ambassador and natural educator. Penfolds came to the attention of the US market when 1990 Grange was Wine Spectator’s ‘Wine of the Year’. Since then, Penfolds Grange has become one of the most collectable wines of the world and was honored to grace the front cover, once again, of Wine Spectator, with declarations of Grange as Australia’s Icon.

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    MNC4043f_2005 Item# 90591

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