Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro

Far too many Penfolds reds are consumed on release yet benefit more than most from a few years if not a few decades in the cellar. We all need something to drink while we’re waiting, and Bin 138 2013 is the answer, a joyful and flamboyant blend of berry compote and exotic spice, backed by well balanced dark chocolate. It’s fruity, exuberant and fragrant and at the same time finely structured by well-defined tannins. An impressive and appealing vintage for Bin 138, ready to unscrew for whatever you’re up to on Friday night. $30 at Shorty’s Liquor.