Penfolds Bin 138 Barossa GSM 2017
94 POINT RATED TONY LOVE PENFOLDS BIN 138 BAROSSA GSM AT AUSTRALIA'S BEST PRICE
- AUSTRALIA'S BEST PRICED PENFOLDS BIN 138
- 94 POINT RATED TONY LOVE
- 93 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILLARD, NICK STOCK & RALPH KYTE-POWELL
- 91 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE
- 5 RED STAR RATED HALLIDAY WINERY
Bright cranberry red in colour. Comfortably embedded in the savoury spectrum – scents detected of charcuterie cold meats, a balsamic reduction.And, alike all 2017 Penfolds reds, fresh fruits elude with air.At this stage aromas of pencil lead, dried muscatel and seared pink peppercorn crusted beef do not offer overt Barossa regional cues. Palate notes below hopefully more compliant! No oak to speak of ...
Not noted aromatically on 19/6/19, but certainly immediately tasted - earthy Barossa elements abound, coupled with earlier detected savoury red meats. An agglomerate of assorted tannin shapes derived from the trio of shiraz, grenache and mataro set the textural stage – in parallel with a juicy/fruity succulence. A deconstructed Massaman Thai curry accompaniment – direct from the recipe book: cardamom, cinnamon, clove, star anise, cumin, bay leaf and nutmeg. All three varieties carry their weight, all three generously add to the mix. Bin 138.
“Resisting the temptation to use new oak, upping the alcohol, or fruit outside of the Barossa, or adhering to a fixed cépage, … No need. 2.5 decades on – Bin 138 continues to evolve, true to style.” - Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
93 Points - Andrew Caillard
"Medium deep colour. Traditional Penfolds style with choco-berry graphite aromas with some herb garden notes. Generous and inky with attractive redcurrant, red plum flavours, fine loose knit slinky textures, underlying savoury roasted walnut notes and fresh long integrated acidity. Sturdy and “Penfoldsian” in character with attractive buoyancy of fruit and underlying vigour. Will keep but best to drink within a three or four-year time frame.
93 Points - Ralph Kyte-Powell
91 Points - Huon Hooke
"Deep red/purple colour, dark and brooding. The bouquet exudes licorice and mixed spices, with hints of kola and a hint of toasted-nutty oak. The tannins are ample but tailored, supple and drying, adding backbone without ruling the palate. Licorice lingers."
94 Points - Tony Love
93 Points - Nick Stock
90 Points - Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"A blend of 68% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 9% Mataro, the Penfolds 2017 Bin 138 Shiraz-Grenache-Mataro boasts some slightly confectionary notes upfront, something like candied cherries, but they're balanced by earthier notes, savory tones of black olive and roasted meat and soft, dusty tannins. It's full-bodied but not overdone, with a firm, structural edge to it that keeps it very drinkable."
Bin 138 draws its inspiration from the wines of Southern Rhône, where Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvèdre) are blended in varying proportions to create full-bodied wines possessing rich and heady perfume.
Each year fruit for Bin 138 is sourced from Barossa Valley vines and then matured for 12 to 15 months in seasoned oak hogsheads to allow the different varietals to shine through. Bin 138 is defined by its distinctive plum, raspberry pastille and underlying spicy notes. The first vintage release of this varietal blend was the 1992, labelled ‘Old Vine Barossa Valley’ – it was then elevated to Bin status for the 1998 vintage.
In stark contrast to the previous year, winter and spring rainfall was well above the long-term average setting the vines up for a strong start to the growing season. Most of the spring rain fell during September, with long-standing records broken. Windy conditions in October helped dry out the vineyards, and ensured there were no significant frost events to concern viticulturalists.
The temperatures over the growing season were generally cool, with only March being above the long-term average. It was the second hottest March recorded over a 30-year period. From late March the weather cooled significantly creating Indian summer conditions that extended ripening. Although berry and bunch weights were up on average, flavours were well developed thanks to the extra hang time.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
|Grape Variety:||Grenache Shiraz|
|Cellaring:||Drink now cellar up to 2028|