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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
Vino Fino

From The Tastings Penfolds

Wynns and Penfolds with Terry Copeland

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Wynns and Penfolds with Terry Copeland

Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2011
The very recognisable Red stripe label. What a great way to start the tasting. So much has been written about how difficult 2011 was as a vintage in Australia that it is easy to write off all the wines. This wine dispelled that belief! Dark colour, plums ripe cassis, a bit of spice. Rather juicy with a decent bit of grip and acidity creeping through on the finish. 
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Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvedre 2012
Although the first Bin 2 was released in 1960 it dissappeared for many years and this is the first time we have seen it here. 89% Shiraz, 11% Mourvedre, this is very much the old school Australian "Red Burgundy" style. Aged in older oak. This wine shows the generosity of the excellent 2012 vintage. Very dark in colour. At first quite closed with meaty, spice "blood and bone" aromas. Quite tight and youthful on the palate, this opens out in the glass to reveal quite an expansive wine. Excellent
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Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz 2012
The newly released 2012 Wynns Shiraz should find many followers. A deep, dark purple colour with plum fruit, almost Christmas cake fruit richness and spice box flavours. Juicy and very enjoyable
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Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2012
This Southern Rhone style blend has a higher than normal Shiraz component (66%) this year (23% Grenache & 11% Mourvedre). From all Barossa fruit, the components are vinified in older American oak before blending prior to bottling. The word has been out about how good this wine is. An it lived up to the hype. The Shiraz fills the front palate and then the ripe raspberry Grenache flavours sweep through. This wine has a real warmth and 'cuddliness" to it
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Penfolds Bin 128 2012
There is always a comparison between the 128 and 28 Bins. Coonawarra vs the rest of South Australia. French oak for 128 vs American for 28. The Bin 128 is now released a year earlier than the Bin 28, so the vintage comparison can also be made. As we saw with the Wynns, 2012 was a very good vintage in Coonawarra and that is reflected in the Bin 128. There is a density to this that is not normally present - dark, chewy and although big, everything is in balance. I liked it a lot!
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Penfolds Bin 28 2011
Sourced from McLaren Vale, Barossa and Adelaide Hills vineyards. Very much a Bin 28 with quite a lot of oak - but does the oak hide the fruit?  Quite meaty too for a Bin 28. That said it is still a good wine and a majority of the tasters preferred this to the Bin 128.
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Wynns Sidings Cab Sauvignon 2011
Cool climate cabernet with the blackcurrant, cassis flavours dominating. Quite an elegant style and enjoyable for that. 
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Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
A new addition to the Penfolds Bin range. A multi-regional blend, aged in a mix of French and American oak. A huge contrast to the Wynns, with ripe, warm climate Cabernet flavours - I even found cherry and marzipan flavours here. Not something usually associated with Cabernet, but very enjoyable and I can see this being more popular than the 407, and not just because of the price difference.
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Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
With no "luxury" Cabernet Bins (707, 169) produced in 2011, this is one of those wines befitting from the addition of fruit normally destined for greater things. Again I could make the comment of 'good given the vintage'. Faint praise? It is probably better than that, with quite dense fruit, juicy and what I described as "fluffy tannins". A bit of blackcurrant and riper Cabernet fruit flavours and good structure. It wouldn't win the value stakes though.
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Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2011
I really enjoyed this wine. And I think that sums it up. This is a 389 that can be enjoyed as a younger wine. A 389 to drink while you are waiting on the 2010 and 2012s in your cellar to develop. Yes, if you are a 389 collector you shouldn't miss out this vintage. As usual this is an almost equal blend of Cabernet (51%) and Shiraz (49%). Like the Bin 28 2011, the McLaren Vale leads the blend ahead of Barossa. This is a very savoury style of 389, with dark fruits, spice box, cinnamon chocolate (sante bar) flavours. Mouthfilling with plenty of flesh and tannins. More approachable than normal at a young age in spite of its savouriness, the word is that it will still last 20+ years.
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