Penfolds Bin 138 Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mataro

The cool and wet 2011 season was tougher for grenache in the Barossa than it was, for instance, in McLaren Vale, so the focus of this blend has moved decidedly to shiraz (65%), supported by just 20% grenache and 15% mataro, all from vines older than forty years, and some older than a century. Its deep hue reflects its old vine shiraz lead, as do the peppery, savoury spice and game notes of its bouquet. The palate is tightly wound, with firm, finely textured tannins and vibrant acidity supporting crunchy, tangy berry fruits. An elegant, refreshing Bin 138, closing with slightly bitter tannins.