- Coonawarra, SA
Coonawarra has an army of ardent fans and while Cabernet remains the signature varietal of the Limestone Coast, this Shiraz is testament to the remarkable breadth and quality of different styles to come from the region. The vines are perched in the iconic ‘terra rossa’ soils of cool-climate Coonawarra (which have been the basis of the Bin 128 since the inauguration of the wine in 1962) and Australia’s most beloved wine producer, Penfolds, have made no mistake in translating the provenance of the fruit to a vibrant and charming wine.
A little bit spicy, with aromas of floral cassis, dark berries, plums and violets, it is medium-to-full-bodied and velvety smooth in the mouth, anchored by mocha, chalky tannins and delightful minerality. Further enhancing regional qualities the wine has spent 12 months in a mix of new (20%) and aged (80%) French hogsheads, a method Penfolds refined in the 1980s when they switched from American to French oak.