Penfolds ‘Bin 138’ Barossa Valley Shiraz/Grenache/Mataro 2013

Blended Red from Australia - South Australia
Review Date : 22-Nov-2015
Originally called ‘Old Vine Barossa Shiraz’ from 1992, labelled ‘Bin 138’ since 1998. 75% Shiraz, 15% Grenache and 10% Mataro from old vines, some over 100 y.o., fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in seasoned French and American oak hogsheads. Full, deep, impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is tightly bound with ripe blackberry fruit melded with an iron-earth core and black minerals, the fruit a little shy in aromatic lift. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion, but tightly packed with deep and dense fruit flavours of blackberries, black pepper and minerals. The fruit flows smoothly, the textures soft and refined, and the tannins fine-grained and very supple, enabling accessibility. Soft acidity adds to the silkiness of flow. This is a very Shiraz-dominant blackberry-fruited ‘Bin 138’ of beautiful ripeness and richness. 5-6 years. 18.5+/20 Nov 2015 RRP $29.99

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