Penfolds Barossa Dual Pack (Bin 150 and Bin 138)
Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz is a sub-regional expression that is unmistakably Penfolds in character. Conceived from the ancient soils of Marananga, which lie very close to the centre of the Barossa Valley floor – slightly to the North West, where warm dry conditions and rich red soil provide the backbone to some of the region’s best-known wines. Each release delivers a contemporary shiraz alternative, framed by a mix of oaks; French and American, old and new – crafted in accordance with the traditional Penfolds method.
A boysenberry/mulberry slurry, almost a coulis, with a smidgeon of cola/creamy soda flavours. Prominent tannins augment and propel an impression of a svelte film of raspberry seeds/pips, to heighten textural appeal. Supportive oak adds weight – contributing structurally yet hesitating to add to the flavour-pool. An ironstone/ferrous (haemoglobin) impression noted on back-palate.
The raspberry and vanilla-scented 2018 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz is a beauty. Aged in French and American hogsheads, it artfully marries fruit and oak, then blends in nuances of licorice, dusty earth and hints of black olives and roasted meat. Full-bodied and creamy textured, it's ripe while remaining fresh and lively, coming to a long, silky close.
Aged in older oak, the 2018 Bin 138 Shiraz-Grenache-Mataro has benefited from a superb Barossa vintage, bursting with raspberries, strawberries and cherries. Ripe, round and seductive, yet with enough stuffing to age 5-7 years (and perhaps more), this full-bodied, supple blend of 68% Shiraz, 22% Grenache and 10% Mataro is one of the values in the Penfolds stable this year, finishing with hints of mint and dark chocolate.