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Penfolds, Bin 138 GSM 2021


Case Format: 6x75cl

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 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.



Lisa Perrotti-Brown

A blend of 50% Grenache, 44% Shiraz, and 6% Mataro, the 2021 Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro has a deep garnet-purple color. It bursts with bold notions of blackberry pie, blueberry compote, and raspberry coulis, leading to hints of aniseed, cracked black pepper, and tar. The full-bodied palate is beautifully plush and voluptuous, with plenty of freshness and a long, peppery finish.

Tina Gellie

Sometimes an SGM (as last vintage, with 69% Shiraz) but always from Barossa Valley fruit. This year Grenache quality was such that it represents half the blend, the 6% Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) delivering its meaty bite and the wine maturing 12 months in French and American barrels, 12% new. The alcohol sticks out at present and it feels quite heavy, with tight stewed tea tannins and more baked red fruits than fresh – though there are delicate hints of sweetly spiced fruitcake on the finish. This could grow into itself. Released at £38.


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