Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz is a sub-regional expression that is unmistakably Penfolds in character. Conceived from the ancient soils of Marananga, which lies very close to the centre of the Barossa Valley floor - slightly to the north and west, where warm dry conditions and rich red soils, provide the backbone to some of the region’s best known wines. Standing on its own two feet, this 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.
The Marananga region typically experiences higher temperatures than the rest of the Barossa Valley. This increase in temperature advances phenology, with harvest often occurring almost two weeks earlier. Overall, a vintage of slightly cooler temperatures with only one significant heat event over the New Year period. Prior to budburst, winter rainfall was lower than the long-term average for most parts of the Barossa Valley. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December, merging into a mild summer, with a few short periods of heat. The mild daytime temperatures and cool evenings across most of the ripening period allowed impressive flavour development, without inflated baumés.
Deep colour. Intense blackberry, blueberry, plum aromas with cola, liquorice notes. Well concentrated dark plum, cola, paneforte, roasted walnut flavours, inky notes, fine looseknit persistent chalky textures and attractive mid-palate volume. Finishes firm and dry with attractive bitter chocolate, dark berry notes. Generous style with fruit complexity, richness and drive. Rating: 94 Points; Andrew Caillard MW
Very deep, concentrated purple/red colour and a very dense, latent, reserved bouquet which is filled with typical Penfolds savouriness, not necessarily oak character but coconut, chocolate, spices and black fruits. The palate is very concentrated and dense, fleshy and profound, but the tannins are remarkably smooth and easygoing. Date Tasted: Sept 2016; Drink: 2018-2039; Price: $90.00; Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
A relatively recent arrival into the Penfolds Bin range, and has been a success from the outset. A dense and rich full-bodied shiraz, with a phalanx of purple and black fruits framed by 14 months maturation in French and American oak. Ripe tannins put the seal on the future of a long-lived wine. Drink to: 2039; Price: $90.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2016; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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