Penfolds Shiraz/Mourvedre/Grenache Bin 138 2006
The 2005 vintage was of consistent good quality across all regions. Favorable seasonal conditions - particularly mild temperatures, with few sustained hot periods, and moderate and generally well timed rainfall - resulted in good quality and steady ripening of fruit, with full varietal characters being developed. This wine consists of Grenache (72%), Shiraz (15%) and Mourvèdre (13%) and was matured for 17 months in seasoned French and American oak. Unabashed, ripe and intense Grenache aromas are immediately obvious, with some Shiraz spices (cinnamon and musk) and dark licorice notes also on offer. Dark berried fruits and cherry aromas are also evident, as is a hint of oak and background 'inkiness'. Wild raspberry and loganberry fruit flavors meld with round, ripe chewy tannins. A suggestion of oak is present, not so much a flavor, but more an added structural tightness. The 2005 Bin 138 is true to with a mix of ripe varietal flavors derived from older Barossa vines, unencumbered by any new oak. The Barossa Valley was planted extensively with Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache by the early settlers. In the 1950s Penfold's started experimenting with blending Shiraz and the robust grape variety Mourvèdre, launching Bin 2 in 1960. It wasn't until 1995, in response to a growing international market for the highly perfumed wines of the Southern Rhone, that Penfold's introduced the 1992 vintage of the Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre. The wine was elevated to the Bin range in 1998 as the 1998 Penfold's Bin 138. Sourced from old, low-yielding grapes from around the Barossa Valley, this is one of the few Penfold's wines that remain in component form during older, small-oak maturation and is blended just prior to bottling.
Editorial Reviews for Penfolds Shiraz/Mourvedre/Grenache Bin 138
Deep crimson in color, this is a rich, musky wine with dense, almost chalky dry tannins. At the beginning there is a hint of violets, followed by a lot of ripe black fruit (blackberry, cassis and a little black plum) flavors, a few dark chocolate notes and a long savory finish. This wine is very drinkable right now, however I believe the tannin structure will soften and the wine will develop another layer of suppleness in a few years’ time.
External Reviews for Penfolds Shiraz/Mourvedre/Grenache Bin 138
Ein Wein mit leichten Holzcharakater. Kräftiger, frischer Körper, etwas Leder-Aromen. Er prägt einen sich noch entwickelnden Charakter, der durch Lagerung zunehmend an Komplexität gewinnt.
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