Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 1998

90 points

Coonawarra, South Australia.  14%

Interesting contrast to the Penfolds Kalimna 1998.  Both clearly from the same stable with Penfolds density of fruit, heavy oak and added acid – not over-blown but tight, built for age.  The Kalimna is warmer, with more sweetness – showing Barossa fruit and American oak.  The Bin 128 is more savoury, French oaked.  All to be expected I suppose, but that overriding family similarity is more than I expected.

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