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Penfolds Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Bin 138 Barossa Valley 2021  - First Bottle


96 Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot -
Always a favourite and what is especially exciting is that, for me, this is the finest 138 yet made. Grenache (50%), Shiraz (44%) and Mataro (6%), it is entirely sourced from the Barossa Valley. A year maturing in a mix of French (10% new) and American (2% new) oak. The colour is a vibrant deep purple and there is an utterly gorgeous nose with depth and early complexity. Blackcurrants, black cherries, warm earth, mocha, new leather, violets and spices, this is taut, balanced, seamless and seductive. Arabica coffee bean notes emerge on the palate, along with a hint of a bitter almond character on the finish. Exemplary structure, very fine tannins and great length, this is a brilliant wine with fifteen to twenty years ahead. It may go even higher. A great 138.
94 James Halliday -
A Barossa Valley blend of 50/44/6% grenache/shiraz/mataro aged in French (10% new) and American (2% new) oak for 12 months. Purple splashed crimson in the glass and quite perfumed on the nose with notes of dark plum and berry fruits, pressed flowers, cola, souk-like spice, black tea and earth. It sports a savoury palate shape with characteristically plush fruit depth, tight, compact tannins and a medium-length finish packed with ripe plums and spices.
93 James Suckling -
A more compact and taut GSM than I recall in past years. Mid-weighted of feel despite the extract and alcohol, righteous for the blend at hand Christmas cake spice, damson and picked cherry. A slither of spicy freshness doused in clove, Asian five-spice, cardamon and white pepper, with a medicinal lilt of Chinotto rounding out the easy going finish. This is really rather delicious. Drink or hold.

Technical Details

  • BlendGrenache (50%), Shiraz (44%), and Mataro (6%)
  • WinemakerPeter Gago
  • CountryAustralia
  • RegionSouth Australia
  • AppellationBarossa Valley
  • Aging/Cooperage12 Months
  • Alcohol14.5%

Penfolds Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Bin 138 Barossa Valley 2021

Red Blends  |  Australia
KG96, JH94, JS93

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What a wine!! Collectors and lovers of the uber-high-end Penfolds is the day!! Soaring, deep, intense, and impeccably balanced – one of the finest GSM red blends anywhere in the world! 96 POINTS...and only $35.95?! That’s an unimaginable 48.6% OFF!

Penfolds hardly needs an introduction. This is one of the world’s most recognizable winery brands, and they’ve almost single-handedly cartographed Australia onto the world’s wine map. With a company motto that rings out “1844 to Evermore”, Penfolds has been set on global domination for some time. An illustrious parade of long-standing and revered winemakers, plus incredible access to all of the best vineyards and regions of Australia’s wine regions, have only accelerated their goals.

Bin 138 is the winery’s homage to the Southern Rhone, and this 2021 vintage marks a return to tradition – where grenache is the principal grape, and then blended with syrah and mataro (aka, mourvedre.) This stands as the 30th anniversary vintage of this cuvee – originally called “Old Vine Barossa Valley” until it was elevated to Penfold’s upper echelon with “Bin Status” in 1998.

The fantastic 2021 Barossa Valley harvest has made this perhaps the finest Bin 138 yet! A spicy, floral perfume reminiscent of a Tangier spice market gets things rolling, then joined by deeply heady notes of balsamic and Damascus plums. From there, expect elements of new leather, mocha powder, Luxardo cherries, fire-roasted meats, candied violets, and charred earth. It’s intense, but pretty, with an almost Northern Rhone-esque meatiness and savory edge. Gorgeous now, but with years to spare – this is unequivocally one of the best quality for value Rhone Blends you can find on the market today – from any region! We did our part and snagged all we, it’s your turn!

About the Producer

The success of Penfolds has been driven by the generations of visionaries and innovators. From the beginning in 1844 to today, the merging of science, art and innovation has driven Penfolds to become one of Australia's most famed and respected winemakers.