The 2016 vintage provided an ideal opportunity to create a bona fide Penfolds Special Bin, rare and true to the Penfolds ‘House Style’. Two special Shiraz single-vineyard parcels were blended to create something beguilingly beautiful and different. The impact of the much-touted 2016 South Australian vintage on two vineyards from time-proven Grange growers has produced a Penfolds Shiraz of superb structure, balance and varietal definition.
Shiraz from the Clare and Barossa valleys. Two vineyards. 54% Clare, 46% Barossa. 18 months in French oak, 100% new. This wine is part of the long and glorious history of Penfolds’ one-off “specials”. In a word it’s superb. It opens up the throttle and lets you have it. The flavours reach far, deep, wide and long. Coffee grounds, red and black berries, brightness and shadows, a bitumen road in full sun, extraordinary length, we’re heading straight over the mountains. Pretty much an example of magnificence in the form of a red wine. They don’t come much better. Tasted: July 19; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $1500; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2026-2046; Rated: 98 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
This new Special Bin shiraz is stunning and has such wildly deep and dark fruit, in particular very rich dark cherries and plums and plenty of attractively spicy oak on offer here. Intense and packed with youthful fruit. There's an entrancing build of really fine tannin, carrying pure, pristine and deep-set flavours of blackberries and ripe dark cherries. The finish is carried on incredibly long, muscular and velvety tannins. Such power and elegance, really setting a new style. This is exceptional. A glorious new rung at the top of the Australian wine ladder. 51% Clare, 49% Barossa, two single plots blended and matured in French oak for 18 months. Seductively drinkable now, but this will live for decades. Best from 2028. Rating: 100 Points; James Suckling
A new addition to the Penfolds lineup, the 2016 Bin 111A Shiraz is a blend of Clare (51%) and Barossa (49%) fruit from vineyards that have previously contributed to Grange. Aged in 100% new French oak, it's a rich, luxuriously textured wine that's packed with ripe fruit and finely textured tannins. Hints of grilled meat and exotic dried spices accent red raspberries and redcurrants in this full-bodied but exceptionally silky and elegant red that meets the high expectations for such a pricey bottling. Tasted: Aug 19; Drink: 2025-2050; Rating:100 Points; Joe Czerwinski; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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