Penfolds ‘Bin 138’ Barossa Valley Shiraz/Grenache/Mataro 2012

Syrah from Australia - South Australia
Review Date : 16-Apr-2014
The first vintage of ‘Bin 138’ was in 1998, though the style reflecting the Rhone varieties began as the ‘Old Vine’ Barossa Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre in 1992. 66% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 11% Mataro from old vines in the Barossa Valley, fermented to 14.5%, the wine aged 12 months in seasoned American oak hogsheads. Very full, even, saturated black-red colour. The aromatics are full and voluminous with soft, ripe dark red berry fruits along with fragrant lifted florals and plum jam, all interwoven with harmony and unfolding in waves. Medium-full bodied and tightly held, flavours of spicy black fruits and dark plums grow in succulence, revealing raspberry jam notes and florals. Fine-grained tannins underline the fruit and the palate has elegance, energy and linearity, carrying through to a long, dry and refined finish. This is a smooth flowing and succulent SGM with aromatic fruit and line. Match with Asian duck and pork dishes over the next 6-7 years. 18.0/20 Apr 2014 RRP $32.99

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