Penfolds Bin 138 GSM 2018 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 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. The first vintage release of this varietal blend was the 1992, labelled ‘Old Vine Barossa Valley’ – it was then elevated to Bin status with the 1998 vintage.
When to drink
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking now - 2035.
Raspberry-leaf and pastille fruits (blackberry) jostle to the fore.
Barossa boot polish high-notes arise – ever so discretely!
Scents of delightfully appealing, almost pungent salty prosciutto/cassoulet/beef ragu/osso buco
Juicy, dense and more-ish - a sophisticated varietal and regional matrix unfolds, stamped with Barossa integrity.