PENFOLDS BIN 150 SHIRAZ 2015

$120.00

Penfolds Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz is a sub-regional expression that is unmistakably Penfolds in character. Hailing from South Australia’s Barossa Valley this is a deep, bright magenta with black core.

On the nose there is first a burst of curry and Indian spices with caraway, cardamon and celeriac. Then there is the sweet, savoury and subliminal: the rich coffee-grind, mocha, chocolate cake and brioche egginess and fresh sweet oak; the roasted fat, crackling and beef jus; and almost a virtual dust cloud of sprinkled ‘icing sugar’ hovering above.

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Penfolds Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz is a sub-regional expression that is unmistakably Penfolds in character. Hailing from South Australia’s Barossa Valley this is a deep, bright magenta with black core.

On the nose there is first a burst of curry and Indian spices with caraway, cardamon and celeriac. Then there is the sweet, savoury and subliminal: the rich coffee-grind, mocha, chocolate cake and brioche egginess and fresh sweet oak; the roasted fat, crackling and beef jus; and almost a virtual dust cloud of sprinkled ‘icing sugar’ hovering above.

On the palate it is lifted and fresh. Unabashed regional flavours of blackberry, raspberry and juniper coalesce with the chocolate and oak derivation. The powdery tannins are massaged by a lively acidity – a potent structural and textural statement indeed!

Peak drinking between now and 2030.

92 – James Halliday

“Matured for 16 months in French oak (18% new) and American hogsheads and puncheons (25% new). The power of Marananga instantly asserts itself, as does the (described by Peter Gago) ‘formic/volatile acidity pulse linked with powdery tannins massaged by lively acidity’. Left of centre, I wonder where this will go.”

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