PENFOLD'S Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2019 Case x 6 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
Red Still Wine | Australia | South | Coonawarra | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Medium Bodied
We are very excited to be making our August pre-release offer from the iconic Penfold’s winery in Australia. The 'Luxury and Icon' wines will be released in October of this year.
This offer will end on 31st August 2021 with the wines arriving late September/early October.
THE WINE ADVOCATE Joe Czerwinski
Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago had a prior career as a math teacher, which no doubt has served him well during a pandemic filled with endless tastings in front of an inexpressive camera. He was in fine form when we connected via videoconference on July 1 for a quick run-through of the company's newest releases. Because of time constraints, we only tasted some of the wines "together," with me completing the rest of the lineup the following day.
At my request, we started with the Chardonnays, which I think have shown remarkable improvement over the past decade or so. Gago came close to admitting as much of Yattarna, saying, "Pre-2000s, they didn't go the distance we hoped. But we're pouring the 2008s now and loving them." The goal with Yattarna has become, he said, "Pristine, beautifully framed fruit. We're not after artifact, we just want purity—but we don't want simplicity. We want layers of flavor, that length. Balance is really what it's all about." While not everyone will (or can) get on board to spend $150 for a bottle of Yattarna, readers shouldn't overlook the Bin 311 Chardonnay, which incorporates numerous lots that were culled from Yattarna and retails for a much more competitive $40.
On the red wine side of the ledger, most of the new releases are from the 2019 vintage. While it may not quite equal the heights of 2018, Gago said, "It was a good solid vintage for us. There was a bit of heat, but not like ’20 or ’08. Only a handful of 40 degrees Celsius-plus days, some rains." Standouts include the (unavailable in the U.S.) Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz, the Bin 798 RWT Shiraz and the Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon. Budget-minded shoppers may want to try the Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, which, like the Bin 311 Chardonnay, represents a solid value at $40.
From earlier vintages, fans of the style will want to stock up on the 2018 St Henri Shiraz, which is truly a prodigious effort. I think it even exceeds the quality of the 2017 Grange, which is a super wine but a not-so-super Grange. A bit lighter than typical, Gago described the vintage as being, “about berry fruit, not that savory.” It’s only the seventh vintage of Grange to be 100% Shiraz, and is almost all from Barossa (86%), with the balance coming from McLaren Vale.
Finally, I would be remiss not to mention two new red wines making their debut from the 2018 vintage. Named 802.A Superblend and 802.B Superblend, these are Cabernet-Shiraz wines aimed at the luxury market and packaged accordingly, in heavyset bottles with enormous punts. The 802.A was matured in American oak and includes roughly two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, while 802.B went into French oak and is only 55% Cabernet. Collectors for whom money is no object will no doubt enjoy comparing and contrasting them over the next several decades.
With each vintage release the cool-climate Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz provides an interesting counterpoint to the more opulent and richly concentrated warm climate Bin 28 Shiraz. Bin 128 comprises fruit sourced from the unique terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, a region that exemplifies the perfume, transparency and seductive nature of cool-climate red table wines. Coonawarra has remained the source of shiraz fruit for Bin 128 since the inaugural release of the 1962 vintage. In order to further enhance the regional qualities of Bin 128, the wine is matured in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak hogsheads, élevage that was refined during the 1980’s when the transition was made from American to French oak
THE WINE ADVOCATE Rating: 91
Drink Date: 2021 - 2030
A regional style aged exclusively in French oak hogsheads (24% new), the 2019 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz hints at cracked pepper and cedar on the nose, backed by deep, plummy fruit and brighter notes of red raspberries. It's medium-bodied (almost light, by Penfolds's standards), framed by silky tannins and a lingering, elegant finish. Drinkable now, it has at least a decade of longevity ahead of it. - Joe Czerwinski, 22nd Jul 2021
Pricing - No further discounts apply. Prices include Freight, Jersey Import Duty & GST.
Delivery - Winter 2021
Storage - Free storage until 30th April 2022 in our temperature-controlled storage facility.
Allocation Policy - Limited availability, orders will be confirmed as soon as possible.
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