Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro, Barossa Valley, South Australia 2017
68% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 9% Mataro with 12 months in seasoned French and American oak hogsheads.
"The nose here has such rich raspberries and blackberries with a gently earthy and spicy edge. The Barossa valley lives large in this wine, a regional expression of hearty, ripe and flavorful red and dark fruit, framed in smooth, supple, glossy tannins, with freshness at the finish. Drink over the next decade. " 93/100 Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
94 Points - Tony Love
93 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
93 Points - Angus Hughson
91 Points - Huon Hooke
90 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.