“Undertones of fragrant Sunday roast pan scrapings”
Another pleasing SGM from Penfolds Bin 138.
A dark crimson red, the smell is multi-faceted and enchanting. A gentle swirl reveals a complex aromatic exhibit of sweet, scented fruits and warm, savoury notes. Antipasto platter, each morsel competing for attention and charcuterie meats including Spanish chorizo, soppressata and mortadella. Fresh pomegranate, sliced ripe persimmons and semi-dried red currants. Green olives, grilled eggplant and white anchovies. Overlaying these exotic aromatic notes are more subtle aromas of warm spices: dried fennel and star anise. Undertones of fragrant Sunday roast pan scrapings and hints of ferrous iron stone brings the Barossa Valley to front of mind.
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.
93 – Andrew Caillard, The Vintage Journal
“Very attractive musky plum, blackberry, blueberry aromas with hints of roasted walnut. Supple sweet-fruited palate with ample red and dark plums, cranberry, mulberry, red cherry fruits, some savoury/roast walnut complexity, fine loose-knit chalky textures, very good mid-palate viscosity and fresh integrated and persistent crisp acidity.”