PENFOLDS BIN 128 SHIRAZ 2014
A shimmering bright crimson
All spice – primarily nutmeg/cinnamon and basil. Clove (eugenolic character?) from French oak? Maybe. A propulsion of red fruits, sour cherry and liqueur cherry high notes… accompanied by less apparent freshlysliced cherry tomato, tomato paste aromas. At this stage – no tell-tale pepper, no liquorice. A brioche/bready/yoghurt amalgam reluctantly ascends upon sitting in glass.
Compact, focussed yet succulent. Not that ‘plummy’, nevertheless other Coonawarra markers do resonate – redcurrant, pomegranate, black cherry. Great length, with graphite/pencil shavings oak enhancing finish. Obedient dusty/chalky tannins comply on the periphery.
PEAK DRINKING Now – 2029
LAST TASTED June 2016