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Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

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Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
The cool and wet 2011 season was tougher for grenache in the Barossa than it was, for instance, in McLaren Vale, so the focus of this blend has moved decidedly to shiraz (65%), supported by just 20% grenache and 15% mataro, all from vines older than forty years, and some older than a century. Its deep hue reflects its old vine shiraz lead, as do the peppery, savoury spice and game notes of its bouquet. The palate is tightly wound, with firm, finely textured tannins and vibrant acidity supporting crunchy, tangy berry fruits. An elegant, refreshing Bin 138, closing with slightly bitter tannins.
Wine Taste Weekly Special Edition 106 - Penfolds Bin and Icon Release 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Grenache takes a confident lead (exactly half the blend), with its signature raspberry, strawberry and blackberry fruits, notes of mixed spice and fruit cake. Shiraz (27%) and mourvèdre (23%) lend fine, supple tannins and an absence of new oak makes for a fruit-focused and approachable style.
Wine Taste - Edition 57 2012
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Back to a grenache-based blend, this has a very deep and engaging style from the very outset, and some meaty oak overlay too. The brambly red fruits are abundant, and there s a wealth of spice and plum lurking below. The grenache rules the roost and shows a flamboyant streak, with a supple, hearty red fruit core and a bright, crunchy texture; blue fruits, some more brooding flavours through the finish, and smooth texture throughout. Flavours linger with promise.
Good Wine Guide 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Lifted nose. Redcurrant, red fruit, lightly confected, glacé Grenache fruit. So bright and red! Lovely ripe Grenache goodness on the nose. Palate is a juicy mouthful too, with everything lengthened out by some chocolate 'Penfolds style' tannins on the finish. Fabulous richness and ripeness. Yum.
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
An appealing, slurpable, early-drinking Bin 138, this is a voluptuous glob of juicy blue fruits, liquorice allsorts and sarsaparilla, framed by soft, supple tannins. A light chill is in order to tone its exuberance.
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good colour for the blend; leather, spice, licorice and chocolate are all present, along with fruit on the bouquet; the palate has more luscious fruit in a darker register than usual, an unqualified success.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
This blend is made up of shiraz (42 per cent), mourvedre (30 per cent) and grenache (28 per cent). It's aged in old oak (in hogsheads, for the oak aficionados). A gorgeously fresh, cherried, raspberried, earthen wine. You can't help but enjoy drinking this. Lovely grainy texture through the finish. Fresh (but not overly sweet) aniseed-like flavours. Spice and hay notes through the aftertaste. This is the style of wine Australians should drink more of.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
This is often shiraz-dominant, but the grenache came in from the vineyard tasting so good that it's the dominant varietal this time around. So this year's release is a blend of grenache (66 per cent), mourvedre (21 per cent) and shiraz (13 per cent). As a result, the wine has (complex) grenache written all over it. It's full of raspberry, nuts, boysenberry, smoked meat and musk - and lots of tannin. It will drink well young but will be at its best as a medium-term wine. Impeccable.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Generally one of the standout wines in the Bin Series release, '06 wins with its ripe attractive sweet fruits, sweet toasty oak and fragrant lift. Charming stuff. The palate is supple yet it has plenty of raw vinous appeal, berry fruits and approachable fine tannins. Balance ensures it will mature well.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Well balanced, with no confection and a vast array of red and dark fruits; a little spice comes through on the quite tannic finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Charmingly composed, with brambly flavours of blueberries, cassis, licorice and cloves harmoniously matched with restrained, polished oak and entwined around a firm spine of powdery tannin. Medium in weight, it's heady and perfumed, with a pleasing juiciness and a lingering, fine-grained finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Succulent, fleshy, delicious.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009

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