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Penfolds Bin 138 Barossa Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2018

Penfolds Bin 138 Barossa Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2018

95 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILLARD & KEN GARGETT PENFOLDS BIN 138 BAROSSA GSM 

$ 59 .99 /bottle
Single bottle $59.99
CUSTOMER REVIEWS

  • 95 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILLARD & KEN GARGETT
  • 93 POINT RATED CAMPBELL MATTINSON 
  • 93 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE & TYSON STELZER 
  • 91 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY 
  • 5 RED STAR RATED HALLIDAY WINERY 


Tasting Notes

Juicy, dense and more-ish - a sophisticated varietal and regional matrix unfolds, stamped with Barossa integrity. But, what from what? Best guess: ironstone – from shiraz and a continuum of fresh red and dark berried fruits from its grenache and mataro stablemates. Super-fine tannins permeate across the palate, no doubt contributed by all three varieties. Background oak ever so distant. Lingers.

Accolades & Awards

95 Point Rated - Andrew Caillard MW

"Deep Crimson. Intense blackberry, musky plum,inky aromas with roasted walnut notes. Generous velvety wine with deep set juicy blackberry, dark chocolate, musky plum fruits, fine plentiful chocolaty firm textures, savoury oak complexity and integrated fine acidity. Finishes chocolaty leafy firm with musky plum aniseed notes. Delicous early drinking style with superb richness of flavour and power. Best to drink soon. Fantastic early drinking style with dense colour, plentiful grenache-like musky complexity, superb visosity and fresshness. A highlight of the 2020 Collections - 95 Point." 


95 Point Rated  - Ken Gargett


93 Point Rated- Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front 

"I wonder how many people would answer this question correctly without looking it up: which wine has the higher RRP, Bin 138 or Bin 28? This 2018 version is 68% shiraz, 22% grenache and 10% mataro. It’s matured in both French and American oak but none of it is new.

It tastes of black and red licorice, raspberry, toast, earth, the sweet side of tar, fragrant herbs. It’s exceptionally eager to please, all velvety and plush, but a raft of dry-but-well-integrated tannin is an effective harness. The flavour profile here has a clear sweetness to it, which will suit some drinkers more than others. Which of course is true of all wines. Once again we have to note the balance here; it’s jammed with sweet fruit flavour and yet it remains neater than a phone book, or a new Filofax, or a root directory, or whatever. This wine is a pleasure to drink."


93 Point Rated - Tyson Stelzer


93 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review

"Very deep, dense purple/red colour with a rich, super-ripe, decadently-perfumed bouquet with concentration, richness and fleshy texture. A trace of blackberry jam. Full-bodied, with supple but abundant tannins, and a long carry. The concentration is a cut above. An excellent example of an SGM and very much in house style."


92 Point Rated - Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker Wine Advocate


91 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion 

"A 68/22/10% blend, each component matured for 12-15 months in used American oak. Obviously enough, the accent is firmly on the fruit, which is nothing if not honest. Makes life easy in deciding when to drink it - ready now, but will run for 15+ years thanks to its screw cap."



Technical

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 old Barossa Valley vines (some more than 100 years old) and then matured for 12 to 15 months in seasoned oak hogsheads to allow the different varietals to shine through. The first vintage release of this varietal blend was the 1992, labelled ‘Old Vine Barossa Valley’ – it was then elevated to Bin status with the 1998 vintage.


Autumn rainfall was below average, a trend that continued into early winter with only 25% of the long-term average achieved in June. The latter half of winter was wetter, with vines entering the growing season with very healthy moisture profiles. Temperatures were below average during winter, however it warmed substantially through spring boosting vine growth and rushing the vines through flowering. Spring conditions were dry early, followed by plentiful November rainfall which encouraged good, strong canopy development. Summer was dry, with no recorded major rain events. This carried into January with a heat spike around veraison causing vines to stall, pushing the start of vintage out by a week or so. The warm weather carried into autumn, setting up an Indian summer with favourable conditions for ripening grapes, and this coupled with dry conditions set up a high-quality vintage for all three varietals.


“This Refreshingly Abundant Expression Of Barossa SGM (GSM Or GMS) Never Relies On Oak Or Alcohol To Achieve Its Character.”

–Shavaughn Wells, Penfolds Winemaker

Specifications
Vintage: 2018
Source/Region:

Barossa Valley, South Australia 

Grape Variety: Mataro Malbec Shiraz
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar up to 2028
Bottle Top: Stelvin
Alcohol Content: 14.50
Standard Drinks: 8.60
Rating: 95
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