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96 Points
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96 Points
95 points
Penfolds Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz 2018

Penfolds Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz 2018


$ 89.99 /bottle by the straight dozen
Single bottle price $89.99
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Vintage: 2018

Marananga, Barossa Valley

Grape Variety: Shiraz
Cellaring: Drink now cellar up to 2035
Bottle Top: Stelvin
Alcohol Content: 14.00
Standard Drinks: 8.30
Rating: 96
Tasting Notes:

Deep, dark red. An instant formic lift, elevating a mix of African/Middle Eastern spices – cumin and dried fennel flirting with aromas akin to soaked dill-pickle juice. Less Marananga blueberry and juniper notes detected than normal, yet so many other shiraz variants leap forward to entice ...Intermittent wafts of just-cooked pound cake and a cumquat/apricot-preserve strudel – i.e. innocent fruits in tandemwith other ‘niceties’! Oak? A forensic audit may uncover some carefully hidden nutty and ginger notes derived from this source. A boysenberry/mulberry slurry, almost a coulis, with a smidgeon of cola/creamy soda flavours. Prominent tannins augment and propel an impression of a svelte film of raspberry seeds/pips, to heighten textural appeal. Supportive oak adds weight – contributing structurally yet hesitating to add to the flavour-pool. An ironstone/ferrous (haemoglobin) impression noted on back-palate.


Dry conditions prevailed during vine dormancy and the start of the growing season, with Marananga experiencing autumn rainfall well below average, a trend that continued into the early part of winter. A quarter of the long-term average rainfall was achieved in June. The second half of winter was wetter, with vines entering the growing season with good soil moisture profiles. Temperatures were below average during winter, however it warmed substantially through spring boosting vine growth and rushing the vines through flowering. 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 harvest 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.

Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz is a sub-regional expression that is unmistakably Penfolds in character. Conceived from the ancient soils of Marananga, which lie very close to the centre of the Barossa Valley floor – slightly to the North West, where warm dry conditions and rich red soil provide the backbone to some of the region’s best-known wines. Each release delivers a contemporary shiraz alternative, framed by a mix of oaks; French and American, old and new – crafted in the 'Penfolds way'.

Accolades & Awards:

96 Point Rated - Andrew Caillard MW

"Deep crimson. Fresh elderberry dark cherry, blackberry, mulberry praline aromas with herb garden notes. Inky deep wine with deep set dark cherry, blackberry paneforte flavours, plentiful fine chocolaty tannins, roasted chestnut notes and integrated fresh linear acidity. Finishes chocolaty firm with persistent dark berry/ aniseed/ chinotto notes. Elemental but rich, dense and powerful. Seal; screwcap 2024 – 2035 14.5% alc 96 points. A Barossa Classic – showing the grandeur and class of the Marananga sub-region. Worth keeping for a while to allow the components to integrate. 12 months in 25% new French oak, 25% new American and one-year-old oak (25%/25%) hogsheads and puncheons."

96 Point Rated - Nick Stock JamesSuckling.com

"A bold, tarry and rich expression with a deeply embedded, dark-plum and blackberry core of aromas that are framed in very nicely fitted oak. There’s a 50/50 split of American and French and both are equally split between 50% new and 50% one-year-old. There’s a move to puncheons here, too. The palate is breathtakingly deep and supple with such impressive, soft, plush ripe blackberries. Long, powerful and immaculately captured tannins. Bold and beautiful. Will age for two decades easily."

96 Point Rated - Ray Jordan The West Australian

"Comes from a specific sub-region of the Barossa and from the time it was introduced into the range a few years ago, it has been one of my favourites. The regional stamp of ironstone minerally fruit is evident on the nose. Then the palate with its combo of French and American oak delivers a further statement of individuality, though still with that Penfolds watermark evident. Crushed ants on the nose with spicy dark plum and licorice with a palate of energy and generous fruit concentration. Love it."

95 Point Rated - Bob Campbell The Real Review

"Inky, concentrated shiraz with cassis, blackcurrant, ferruginous, metallic and mixed spice flavours. Big and very complex red, with a firm structure of ripe tannins providing a guarantee of cellaring potential. A great wine that needs time."

95 Point Rated - Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker Wine Advocate

"The raspberry and vanilla-scented 2018 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz is a beauty. Aged in French and American hogsheads, it artfully marries fruit and oak, then blends in nuances of licorice, dusty earth and hints of black olives and roasted meat. Full-bodied and creamy textured, it's ripe while remaining fresh and lively, coming to a long, silky close."

95 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion

"A relatively recent addition to the Penfolds red wine line up, the impact of the first release ('08) still fresh in my mind. A relentless fusion of ripe berry fruits, earth and licorice, packed with ripe tannins and new oak (25% each French and American). From the heart of the valley floor, and proud of it."

94 Point Rated - Ned Goodwin MW

"A more recent addition to the Penfolds armoury, this was matured in both American and French wood, showcasing Barossa’s more floral and flamboyant side. Still, unashamedly full-bodied. Think lilac, blueberry, mulberry, cinnamon and star anise. Sumptuous. Exotic. The tannins, firm and an ample forebear to a bright future."

94 Point Rated - Decanter Magazine 

"Although recognisable as a true sub-regional signature of the Barossa, this wine doesn’t show the brute power of many Marananga predecessors. A very rich perfume has spice skipping over the edge of generous dark fruits – a comforting fruitcake cuddle that gets tighter as it lingers in the glass. Then cinders and soot start to bite in the deceptively firm back-palate. It suggests a long life, with many twists and turns ahead in the cellar."

93 Point Rated - Tyson Stelzer TysonStelzer.com

"The inherently plush mood and deep purple allure of Manananga in a warm and dry vintage is scaffolded to compelling effect by Penfolds dexterity with both American and French oak and its signature tannin framework. The result is a deep and strong Marananga of medium-term promise that will wow lovers of Barossa density, gloss and polish."

93 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review

"Very deep, dark, concentrated purple/red colour. The bouquet has walnut, dried bayleaf and licorice aromas, a hint of charred oak, the palate very big, bold, full-bodied and chunky, with abundant tannins which firm up and extend the finish. A ballsy, chunky wine which makes up in guts for what it lacks in elegance. A long-term keeper."

93 Point Rated - Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front

"Penfolds Bin 150 is the ‘give ’em what they want and give ’em lots of it’ wine in the range. It’s plush, it’s creamy, it’s ballooned with sweet fruit, its tannin is soft to the point of melting. The vanilla notes here are clear, the plums are sweet and mushy, the aftertastes pulses with sweet, saturated fruit. It’s neat, it’s Penfolds, of course it is, but there’s a lot jammed in here."

18.5+ Point Rated - Matthew Jukes MatthewJukes.com

"Marananga sits at the centre (not quite geographically, but almost) of the Penfolds machine and Grange is certainly first in the queue when it comes to picking the most robust and noble fruit from this hamlet. But after Grange’s cavalcade has mooched back to the winery the Knights of Marananga gather the fruit for this superb thoroughbred. This is not a wine with the power or the bravado of 2010 or 2016 but it is a wine with sensational fluidity and velvetiness which is offset by minty freshness. This is a genial, elegant wine with terrific balance and singularity and there is enough fondant fruit in its core to, reasonably, drink now if you are desperate! But please hold, because while this is a Marananga anomaly, with less grunt and swagger than normal, it still needs time to open up and reveal its entire panoply of dark fruit tones. Bin 150 oscillates, encouragingly, year after year and because it is a non-blended wine, and so this honest reflection of its unique terroir makes it an outlier in this portfolio. In 2018, however, it is the beating heart of the collection."

17 Point Rated - Jancis Robinson MW  

"Very deep blackish purple. Impressive freshness on the nose coupled with some sweetness. Just the job! Combination of ripe, sweet fruit, a hint of Barossa boot polish and yet apparently natural acidity nicely integrated with the smooth Shiraz fruit."

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