Penfolds Bin 138 GSM 2015 (6 x 750ml), Barossa, SA.

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$35 per Bottle
$210 per pack

Overview

Bin 138 draws its inspiration from the wines of 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 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.

State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour:

Deep crimson

Nose:

A varietal aromatic chromatogram dissemination:

Mataro - manifested via impressions of charcuterie and grilled/charred/smokey meats.

Grenache - a whiff of florals (albeit less than usual for Bin 138?), blackberry pastille, fruit drops.

Shiraz - moist ham hock and a spray of cedar and spice.

Integrated, traditional … or as overheard: “a good, old-fashioned Barossa Valley ‘Dry Red’ style”.

Palate:

Unashamedly ‘dry-reddish’. And why not?

A ferric, rust earthiness coupled with an assortment of fruits – dates, fresh figs and prosciutto/melon.

Rounded, with minimal oak impact - as expected.

Texture? Within the context of tannins/acidity/extract - ‘slippery’ rather than blocky, grippy.

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking now - 2023.

Medals & Trophies

96 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

Vintage
2015
Grape Style
Grenache Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14.5%

Winery Profile

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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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