Penfolds Bin 138 GSM 2016 750ml
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 Barossa Valley vines 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.
Wading into the savoury spectrum, albeit ‘spliced with spice’ – cinnamon, ginger and boiled-fruitcake ‘all-spice’.
Extending this theme – reminiscent of a sniff of the (succulent) redcurrants adorning a Christmas cake.
Less obvious, dates and dried fig.
And for that matter, the lift incurred upon custard poured over aforementioned Christmas cake (brandy soaked?).
Barossa shiraz, grenache and mataro – in 2016 hard to distinguish what comes from what! Good fun trying.
A relaxed Old World/Old Barossa disposition. Neither big nor brazen. Imminently drinkable.
Lush texture with supple, fanning tannins (possibly assisted by the blend’s 16% Grenache blend shareholding).
Lachsschinken (salmon ham) flavours and an ironstone core. Oak? “Sort of there, sort of not” repeated during tastings.
Length, aftertaste? Imminently drinkable so initially difficult to gauge this potential attribute whilst sipping, sorry tasting! Answer: Long and lingering.