(2001 Vintage) Penfolds Bin 128 is one of the most distinctive reds in the Penfolds stable. Firstly, as a Coonawarra Shiraz, it is one of the few Penfolds reds that isnt a multi regional blend. It is also one of only two Penfolds reds, Clare Estate being the other, to be matured solely in French oak - all other Penfolds reds make use of some American oak in the maturation process. This has not always been the case. Up till the late 70s Bin 128 was also matured in American oak. However, over time, the rich, swee...
Robert Parker(2012 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/21/2014
Wine & Spirits(2002 Vintage) Penfolds' Red Wine Trail takes Grange-level shiraz (50 percent from Kalimna) and ages it in French rather than American oak. Its flavors carry a Barossa signature without going too ripe. In fact, this 2001 tastes like black currants and fresh cherries preserved at the exact moment of peak ripeness. The other way it's marked as a Barossa shiraz is the floral character, here equally fresh, cool as dew on violets. The French oak may have helped lock in the vibrant magenta color, and it may emphasize the supple richness fo texture. But the main play is in the fruit, hight-toned, sunny, beautifully grown.
Wine Buyer(2005 Vintage) Youthful and lively, the wine shows dark fruitsand menthol flavours with an excellent, rich midpalate. Tingling (natural) acidity coupled withstylish oak and prominent tannins offers grip,tightness and definition. While this wine needstime, it is certainly appealing and of interest inyouth. Monitor the evolution.
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) The 2006 Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz was made primarily from Barossa Valley fruit. It was aged for 12 months in seasoned American oak hogsheads. Aromas of soy, pepper, lavender, blueberry, and licorice lead to a medium to full-bodied, fleshy wine with layers of spicy black fruit, enough structure to evolve for 4ndash;6 years, and a lengthy finish. Drink this nicely priced wine from 2013 to 2021.