Established in 1844, Penfolds is Australia’s most important winery with a star-studded cast of wines, including Grange, St Henri and Bin 707 Cabernet to name just a few. The wines are famed for their cellaring potential and are derived from vineyards across the Barossa region and South Australia. Penfolds wines quite rightly dominate the auction house, Langton’s, Classification of Australian Wines.
Shiraz greanache and mataro under the umbrella of a great harvest sees this punching into a new level of quality, it’s the best Bin 138 to date. There’s a very clear blackberry and raspberry interplay on the nose as shiraz leads and grenache dances. On the palate it is more about mataro and the sturdy silky, laid back spread of tannin underpins a generous yet vibrant wine. Lingers with sultry intent, great value. Drink now to 2030.
A Barossan southern Rhône blend which really stands and delivers on the nose and palate with sweet mulberry fruit and bright florality. In the mouth this polished, fresh blend elongates into blackberry, violets, liquorice, toffee, chocolate and smoked meat, followed by juicy acidity and rounded tannins. There is a touch of heat on the finish which slightly mars the balance.
Appealing for the focus and purity, with dark, plush flavors of violet-scented blackberry, black pepper, cedar and plum that are supple and juicy. Shows plenty of focus on the finish. Syrah, Mataro and Grenache.