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2012 Penfolds "Bin 138" Old Vine Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley SKU #1159241

Price: $19.99

JH 94 JS 93 RP 91
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K&L Notes

The 20th release of this classic Penfolds Barossa Valley blend, and it's a stunner! Composed of 66% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 11% Mataro (Mourvedre). Sourced from old vines in Barossa Valley, vinified in seperate lots before a final careful blending of components. The individual wines are rested in seasoned (older) American oak barrels that have very little impact on the flavor profile in order to preserve the purity and rich fruit-driven dynamic of this Bin. The 138 is an exuberant wine. Powerful aromatics of kirsch, boysenberries and spice cake. The palate is lush, rich and satisfyingly full-bodied. A beautiful rendition of this Barossa go to with just the right amount of stylized Penfolds winemaking.

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  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This has a dark, rich enticing nose with toasted coconut, vanilla, deep dark fruits and spice. It is very inviting like how I remember my parents house at Christmas when I was a child. It is full bodied, round and mouth filling. Lots of dark cherries, blackberries and spice. The is just enough tannin to support the fruit without detracting from the round texture. This wine way over delivers at this price point.
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    K&L Staff Member
    Raspberries, thyme & rosemary, meat, and black pepper corns filled the nose. The delivery was rich, with some up front spices and follows through with great mid-palate plump and sweet berry fruits. A long and generous length.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    **Update We just got a chance to re-up on this wine at an even better price! Don't miss it!** This wine is just brimming full of briary bramble fruit, exotic spices, some meaty gamey notes and a sweet, supple, juicy element that is hard to capture in words. The wine has a fine balance of purity and density, the extract is perfect giving ample body and richness but never feeling heavy or losing freshness and drive. Bin 138 really shows why this blend has endured across the ages as it pulls elements from each of its individual components. Grenache provides the bright spicy fruit, Shiraz a darker edge, structure and meaty element the Mataro (Mourvedre) adding its unmistakable earthy undertones and savory dimension. A really great wine equally enjoyable for lovers of Aussie GSMs and Châteauneuf-du-Papes alike!
    Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2024
  • Jim Chanteloup
    By: Jim Chanteloup
    K&L Staff Member
    The Bin 138 is a blend of 66% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 11% Mataro (Mourvedre)that belongs in the hands of anyone who is a fan of these classic Aussie blends or wines from the Southern Rhone Valley. The nose is lifted with blueberry, black raspberry,pepper, leather, roasted grains, damp earth, bittersweet chocolate and a light pencil lead/graphite note. On the palate the wine is polished and refined with fine grained tanninns, good structure and a long layered persistent finish. A few years in the cellar will only reward or decant for an hour or two for the near term.


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