Penfolds Bin 150 Shiraz 2018 750ml
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.
WHEN TO DRINK
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window 2020 – 2032.
Black core, garnet edges
An aromatic jigsaw:
• The expected (place, variety, style): Formic, bayleaf, fig, quince, black-pudding.
• The unexpected (synergy?): Cookies and cream, Golden Gaytime ice-cream.
• The incredulous (sensory overload?): Iced coffee, sticky date-pudding, shortbread.
To confirm and reassure - Yes, it is shiraz, and yes, Barossa sourced (Marananga)! The descriptor calories cannot be ingested!
Certainly less confected (literally) and meatier than the nose might suggest – flavours akin to Greek lamb and rosemary, bone
marrow/steak tartare, carpaccio of assorted meats.
Yet fruits and berries are evident, manifested primarily via an impression of a juniper/strawberry/cranberry reduction. And cola.
Sleek tannins and the interface of judicious oak facilitate a plush and glossy Bin 150 disposition, avec sheen.
Origin: Marananga, Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Maturation: 12 months in American oak (28% new, 25% 1-y.o.) and French oak (25% new, 22% 1-y.o.).
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.7 g/L, pH: 3.65