Penfolds Bin 138 Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre

An $8 price hike brings Bin 138 in line with Bin 128 and Bin 28 for the first time, but it remains a simpler wine, without nearly the same structure or stamina. Grenache takes a confident lead (exactly half the blend), with its signature raspberry, strawberry and blackberry fruits, notes of mixed spice and fruit cake. Shiraz (27%) and mourvèdre (23%) lend fine, supple tannins and an absence of new oak makes for a fruit-focused and approachable style. It’s an appealing wine with an attractive fruit profile and good persistence, but is it worth $38? No.