Penfolds Bin 138 Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2020

Penfolds Bin 138 Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2020

Penfolds Bin 138 Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2020

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Winemaking and Drinking

 

Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro (Mourvèdre) is a traditional regional blend based on old vines planted as far back as 1895. The first vintages (1992–1997) were released as ‘Old Vine Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre’. It was elevated to Bin status in 1998. These three varieties have formed the backbone of the Barossa’s vineyard heritage since the late 19th century and were used in both table wine and fortified wine production.

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 months in seasoned and a small proportion of new 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.

Tasting:

An abundance of flavoursome fruit. Shiraz is our hero, selected for its fine savoury tannins, dark fruit and generosity across the mid-palate. Grenache tannins, exotic red fruits and lively acid provide ample tension. Mataro plays the anchor role, binding the palate into a harmonious balance with dusty, textural, mouth filling tannins. The tannins combined feel massaged and ground, quietly confident. The acidity is fresh and enticing. The palate is plush, complete. A generous, balanced all-rounder. Certainly not over extracted or pumped up. All together an enticing, complex, evolving wine, with a creamy texture, lively freshness and a willingness to delight from the first sip.

 

“THIS BIN 138 RELEASE HARNESSES THE FRUIT INTENSITY OF ALL THREE VARIETALS FROM THE 2020 VINTAGE HARMONIOUSLY, A BLEND WHICH IS EQUALLY POWERFUL AROMATICALLY AS IT IS LIVELY AND MOUTH-WATERING ON THE PALATE.”
- SHAVAUGHN WELLS, PENFOLDS WINEMAKER


Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerPenfolds
StateSouth Australia
RegionBarossa Valley
VarietyShiraz Grenache Mataro
Year2020
Volume750 mL
Alcohol14.5%