2018 Penfolds Bin 138, 750ml
Penfold Winery with over 160 years history. The founder Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold immigrated from London, England to Adelaide, Australia in 1845. He collected some vine branches from the south of France and planted the first batch of grapes near the cottage. Name with his wife's residence name in UK, The Grange. Originally only for brewing wine for pharmaceutical use, but did not expect to embark on the road of Australian wine king.
The 2017 Grange has been highly praised by many authoritative wine critics around the world since its launch. These include 98 points awarded by Huon Hooke, 98 points awarded by Tony Love and 98 points awarded by Tyson Stelzer, which can be said to show the high quality and cellaring strength of the 2017 Grange in advance, which is expected to be comparable to the 1951 first year Grange which broke the auction price. Extraordinary charm.
Penfold's winemaking philosophy is to use sufficient grape resources to make a variety of styles of wines. In addition to The Grange, other wines are also popular.
2018 Penfolds Bin 138
NOSE: Raspberry-leaf and pastille fruits (blackberry) jostle to the fore. Barossa boot polish high-notes arise. A quince jelly and inky-berried aromatic sign-off at this early stage of bottle maturation. More to be revealed over time
PALATE: Juicy, dense and more-ish, a sophisticated varietal and regional matrix unfolds, stamped with Barossa integrity. Super-fine tannins permeate across the palate, no double contributed by all three varieties. Background oak ever so distant, lingers.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92
Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2015 GSM Bin 138 offers up notions of kirsch, dried mulberries and Chinese five spice with wafts of lavender and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has plush tannins and tons of spicy fruit, finishing with lingering pepper and cinnamon notes.