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Today marks just the second time in our eight-year history that we are showcasing a wine from the prestigious, iconic Penfolds. I adore their wines, but we haven’t been able to offer them to you - until recently.
Today’s Penfolds 2012 Bin 138 is a blend of 66% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 11% Mataro (that’s Australian for Mourvèdre, Mate!). It’s a raucous, juicy, delicious, bold and very food friendly wine that will have you shouting, “Fair dinkum!” with every sip.
This lovely wine shows off aromas of Black cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, red plum, spice box, cedar, licorice and black pepper.
It is complex and juicy on the palate, with Blackberry, candied cherry, cranberry, mocha, baker’s chocolate, cedar, red licorice, cracked pepper and anise.
What the wine press has to say…
“A vintage well suited to this blend of 66/23/11% shiraz/grenache/mataro, creating a wine of even flow, lively acid balance and firm, finely textured tannin support. Violet fragrance and well-defined berry fruits are layered with pepper and spice, confirming a restrained, poised and ageworthy Bin 138, set to go down among the greats.” - 94 points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion.
“The blend in 2012 is shiraz (66%), grenache (23%) and mataro (11%) and shows a wealth of red and blue fruits on offer with attractive brambly summer berry aromas, quite fresh and fragrant, some tarry blue fruits too. The palate has tangy, juicy appeal, a stylish and elegant vintage for Bin 138 with plenty of immediate appeal. Dark summer berry flavors, supple swirling tannins and terrific balance here. One of the best value Penfolds reds this year.” - 93 Points - James Suckling.
What the Winery Says
2012 Bin 138 Red Blend
- Peter Gago
- Red wine
- 66% Shiraz
- 23% Grenache
- 11% Mourvedre (Mataro)
- Barossa Valley, Australia
- 6.2 g/L
- 12–15 months
- Seasoned American oak hogsheads