Ranked #10 of 26 2016 Shiraz from Coonawarra
Deep, rich red colour with a tint of purple. The bouquet is chocolaty and rich, with ripe blackberry and spice nuances, the palate also ripe and generous, showing the qualities of a generously sunny year. There is flesh and almost opulence on the palate. Traces of licorice and spice, chocolate and mocha on the palate and finish, which is satisfyingly long. A very good Bin 128.
Drink: 2018 to 2039
92 Points Robert Parker
Sourced exclusively from Coonawarra, the 2016 Bin 128 Shiraz is one of the few truly regional bottlings you'll find from Penfolds. It's red-fruited and bright, with raspberries and cherries couched in supple layers of French oak. Caramel and mocha shadings add richness and depth, with dry cedary-savory notes on the finish.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Joe Czerwinski. October, 2018
96 Points James Halliday
Striking hue, depth and clarity; the bouquet and palate sing in unison with a rich brocade of black cherry and stitches of cedary French oak (ex 30% new hogsheads) and fine-grained tannins. Its balance and length are impeccable. Drink to 2041.
Source: James Halliday.