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Penfolds Shiraz/Mourvedre/Grenache Bin 138 2006

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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.

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  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Penfolds Shiraz/Mourvedre/Grenache Bin 138

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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0.00 5
02/05/2013

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

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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/21/2010

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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01/29/2009

The Barossa was planted extensively to Shiraz, Mourvedre and Grenache by the early settlers. In the 1950s Penfolds started experimenting with blending Shiraz and the robust grape variety Mourvedre. Sourced from old, low-yielding Barossa Valley vines,



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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.

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