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: Penfolds



For winery information see listing in the Adelaide Super-Zone

Penfolds wines from Adelaide Hills region

Penfolds wines from Barossa Valley region

Penfolds wines from Eden Valley region

Penfolds wines from Tumburumba region (NSW)

Penfolds (now owned by Fosters) is perhaps Australia's most famous red wine producer and sources its huge portfolio from many Australian regions.

While plenty of Coonawarra fruit goes into multi-region blends, even the Grange Hermitage in some vintages, the Bin 128 Shiraz is the one high profile wine that is regularly sourced entirely from the Coonawarra.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2012, powerful and spicy blackcurrant pastille and raspberry with dried rosemary, pepper, anise and mint notes, earthy and medium-full bodied, firm but slinky tannins, the well integrated French oak brings toasty cinnamon/cedar/cocoa to the finish (****)

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, firm but openly structured blackcurrant and mulberry with some dried herb, pepper and mint, medium-full bodied with a slightly leafy green feel, fine dusting of supple tannins with brown oak spices and cedar, fractionally short (***1/2)

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, rich and plump for the region showing sour-edged mulberry, cassis and blueberry with liquorice, white pepper and flat cola nuances, medium-full bodied, the palate becomes more savoury on the back half with black olive aspects, seasoned creamy cedar-vanilla French oak with some pencil shavings notes, persistent dusty tannins (****)

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2000

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2008

Tasting: April 2007, June 2007, blackberry and raspberry with leather and capsicum aromas, palate is smooth with secondary caramelised features from bottle age, underlying herbaceous and menthol features, well handled cedar-vanilla oak but tannins still show sappiness, needs to be drunk in the next year or two as the fruit intensity, which isn’t great, will start to decline (***)

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Yes (Lisa) ($26)

Drink: 2012

Tasting: April 2007, tightly knit blackcurrant, cherry and plum, firm palate with leather hints but should be quite appealing with some decent cellaring time, good depth and focus, dark chocolate and menthol are rounded out with cedary nuances (***1/2)