Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz

After purchasing Bin 128 in the late 1990s, I’ve never quite come to terms with the label since it switched to an earlier release style. Way too young, it opens shy, with subtle gamey and charcuterie notes and firm, finely textured tannins. As time passes, it shows reluctant flickers of the potential wrapped in its coils, with vibrant, focused, well defined red cherry and plum fruit slowly emerging. A well structured vintage with a promising future. 13 months in French oak, 26% new, 37% one-year-old and 37% two-year-old. Price rise from $38 to $40 this year. Available 6 March 2014.