There are three distinct styles of Penfolds red wines. Single-vineyard (Magill Estate Shiraz, Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon), single-region (Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz, RWT Barossa Shiraz) and multi-regional blends (Grange, Bin 707). The Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz delivers a fourth approach, with Penfolds showing its hand at sub-regional expression. The hamlet of Marananga lies very close to the centre of the Barossa Valley floor – slightly to the north and west, where warm dry conditions and rich red soils provide the backbone to some of the region’s best known wines. Standing on its own two feet, this release of the Marananga Shiraz delivers a contemporary Shiraz alternative, framed by a mix of oaks; French and American, old and new, conceived from the ancient soils of this special place, Marananga.
"Needs air/swirl – imperative! Decanting obligatory!”
“Continues to showcase Marananga and its sub-regional spoils.” Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief Winemaker
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
There's noteworthy persistence, line and integrity on display for this challenging vintage, a complex, spicy and savoury style of finely textured, silky tannin profile. With time in glass, peppery, charcuterie complexity and milk chocolate open out into black plum and blackberry fruit. Rating 92 - Drink by 2026 - TS - Australian Wine Companion (JAN/2014)
Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz starts off a little closed around the pure, blackberry aromas dotted with hints of cedar, dried thyme, pepper and fertile loam. The full-bodied palate opens up to show a nice richness of vibrant, youthful fruit supported by firm, grainy tannins and enlivening acid. It finishes long. Drink it now to 2021+. Rating 91 - Drink 2014 - 2021, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com (FEB/2014)
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep crimson red
No need to tease out descriptors – they unabashedly leap from the glass! First the fruits: – blueberry, ripe quince/pear, mulberry. Then the derivatives: – liquorice, black pudding, wheat germ/malt. Courted by the unexpected: – polished leather, cinnamon bun, clove. Followed by the curious: – sweet buttered pop-corn/hot corn/corn-on-a-stick.
Medium to full-bodied. Svelte, avec poise and polish… structurally induced via fruit/region. Enticing flavours of satsuma plum, juniper infused yoghurt – rhubarb ice-cream. Also observed: milk chocolate/cocoa/malt… compliments of an assortment of Quercus oaks? Coating, powdery tannins. Integrated.
Now – 2025