The next instalment from Penfolds Barossa Valley Bin 138. The nose is comfortably embedded in the savoury spectrum, scent detected of charcuterie cold meats, a balsamic reduction, fresh fruits elude with air.
On the palate, earthy Barossa elements abound, coupled with savoury red meats. An agglomerate of assorted tannin shapes derived from the trio of shiraz, grenache and mataro set the textural stage – in parallel with a juicy/fruity succulence.
This has a long life ahead of it.
94 -James Halliday, The Wine Companion
“… For long the leader of the pack, but lost its way for a while before returning with a vengeance here, dismissing any challenges of the vintage. It is medium to full-bodied, and has a long life ahead as it sheds some of its weight, allowing the interplay between the blackberry, plum, cherry, liquorice and forest freedom to express itself. Excluding new oak was the right play.”