Penfolds `Bin 138` GSM 2013 (6 x 750mL), Barossa Valley, SA.

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Bin 138 draws its inspiration from the wines of the 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. Bin 138 is typically full bodied and complex, 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.

After a dry Barossa Valley winter reminiscent of 2006, vines were in water deficit at the beginning of spring. Early budburst was noticeable and windy conditions during flowering were, in part, responsible for variable

fruit set and lower than average yields come vintage. Warm days were dispersed throughout October, November and in early January, contributing to an early start to the 2013 harvest and a relatively short, condensed vintage. The dry and warm conditions, coupled with lower than average yields saw fruit develop with strong, structural tannins, great intensity and depth of flavour.

SA - Barossa
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Deep red/purple hue and a savoury, undergrowth, slightly chaffy aroma. The palate holds lovely spices and sweet cherry flavours, splendidly fruity yet covered with mouth-coating tannins and savouriness in keeping with the house style. Delicious wine, seemingly more robust than usual for this blend.

Rating 93 - Huon Hooke - 2015

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep red, dense core.


A liberating carnivorous aromatic unfolding in 2013; cold meats, corned beef… marrow, lamb-bone. Demarcated contributions from Grenache (wild raspberry pastille), Mataro (glazed cherry) and Shiraz (liquorice, old-leather polish). Really?! Moreover, with confidence, no oak to speak of.


Full(er)-bodied, supporting a generous and flavoursome mid-palate. Subtle chocolate powder, malt and brambly notes coerce a modicum of moderation from chunky, blocky Barossa tannins. Quince, rhubarb, pomegranate, white fig… in a natural way, well-manage the fruit-acid tightrope. Complete.


12 months in seasoned French and American oak hogsheads.

Peak Drinking

Now – 2026

SA - Barossa
Grape Style
Grenache Blends
Closure Type
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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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