Wine Advocate 88 points - Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz shows a youthfully muted nose of black and red plums, mulberries plus hints of pepper, charcoal, damp earth and sage. The medium to full-bodied palate centers on a decent core of mid-palate fruit structured by medium levels of chewy tannins and lively acid. It finishes long. 5,110 bottles were made. Drink it now to 2020+. (Feb 2014)
93 PTS – James Suckling
A quite meaty nose with swanky spicy oak on offer, a wealth of cinnamon and baking spice, really fragrant, gently meaty and showing hints of regional leaf and mint, more elegant aromas of bright cassis and elderflower. The palate delivers juicy, elegant and assertively structured style, neatly combed tannins flow without missing a beat, there's concentrated dark fruit, redder notes too, cassis, cherry and some lively pippy tang through the finish. One of the best recent vintages of Bin 128. Buy up. (3/ 2014)
Deep dark cherry red. Restrained at first and then a minty Coonawarra character. Ripe, minty/eucalypt styled but also deliciously ripe dark fruit, becoming a little floral as it opens. Deep and rich and kind on the palate. No barrel ferment. Spicy and full flavoured but the tannins are fine even though they are deep and rounded. Juicy finish but the acid seems added? More of the flavour up front than length. Acid seems to stick out a bit on the finish? (JH) (2/ 2014)
The Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz shows a youthfully muted nose of black and red plums, mulberries plus hints of pepper, charcoal, damp earth and sage. The medium to full-bodied palate centers on a decent core of mid-palate fruit structured by medium levels of chewy tannins and lively acid. It finishes long. 5,110 bottles were made. Drink it now to 2020+. (LPB) (2/ 2014)
|Lamb backstrap seasoned with Moroccan herbs and spices
Traditional pigeon bastilla
|Australia’s winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds’ influence on Australia’s winemaking psyche.
Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.
Penfolds’ reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.
If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.