Penfolds `Bin 138` GMS 2011 (3 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

The Barossa Valley was planted extensively with Shiraz, Mourvédre and Grenache by the early settlers. In the 1950s Penfolds started experimenting with blending Shiraz and the robust grape variety Mourvédre.

In response to a growing international market for the highly perfumed wines of the Southern Rhone, Penfolds introduced the 1992 vintage of the Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mourvédre.

The wine was elevated to the Bin range with the 1998 Penfolds Bin 138. Sourced from old, low-yielding Barossa Valley vines, this is one of the few Penfolds wines that remains in component form during older, oak maturation and is blended just prior to bottling.

“The complete package—a perfumed and sensory Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvédre delight… confirming that the Barossa is not just ‘big and bold’!”

Overview

The Barossa Valley was planted extensively with Shiraz, Mourvédre and Grenache by the early settlers. In the 1950s Penfolds started experimenting with blending Shiraz and the robust grape variety Mourvédre.

In response to a growing international market for the highly perfumed wines of the Southern Rhone, Penfolds introduced the 1992 vintage of the Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mourvédre.

The wine was elevated to the Bin range with the 1998 Penfolds Bin 138. Sourced from old, low-yielding Barossa Valley vines, this is one of the few Penfolds wines that remains in component form during older, oak maturation and is blended just prior to bottling.

“The complete package—a perfumed and sensory Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvédre delight… confirming that the Barossa is not just ‘big and bold’!”

Region:
SA - Barossa
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

This classic Rhone Valley blend has a strong dark fruit and brooding personality, with oak-derived spice a feature; the palate is taut and tannic and unevolved, with a floral element lingering on the finish.

Rating 91 - Drink by 2025 - Ben Edwards, Australian Wine Companion (JUL/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Bright garnet red.

Aroma

Aromatic and fruit-driven – lifted rhubarb and red berried fruits – pomegranate and wild raspberry. Underlying Asian spices, nutmeg with hints of white pepper and licorice. Only three varieties? There’s much more aromatic traffic evident!

Palate

Medium-bodied. Sweet and generous flavours of raspberry/cranberry, complexed with elements of cold meats,

white chocolate and vanilla.

  • Excellent overall balance, finishing with ripe integrated juicy tannins.
  • Very much fruit-driven with no obvious oak overtones.
  • No varietal flavour chromatogram revealed – an effortless amalgam on offer

Cellaring

Now – 2020.

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