An early, warm vintage has delivered a rich and densely structured Bin 138. Grenache still makes a stellar appearance, amid a wealth of shiraz, as raspberries and blackberries intertwine with a spicy wrap of clove, cinnamon and dried-plum aromas. The palate is more blackberry with a smoky, dark-plum and licorice edge. Long and silky. Rich flavors pervade the long, lightly roasted coffee finish. A blend of 72 per cent shiraz, 16 per cent grenache and 12 per cent mataro. Drink now or hold.
The 2016 Bin 138 Shiraz-Grenache-Mataro is heavily tilted toward Shiraz (72%), with 16% Grenache and 12% Mataro, aged in older French and American hogsheads. Black olive, raspberry and herbal notes all come together smoothly on the medium to full-bodied palate, framed by supple tannins and bright acidity on the lingering finish.
Deep plum red. Wading into the savoury spectrum, albeit ‘spliced with spice’ – cinnamon, ginger and boiled-fruitcake ‘all-spice’. Extending this theme – reminiscent of a sniff of the (succulent) redcurrants adorning a Christmas cake. Less obvious, dates and dried fig.
A relaxed Old World/Old Barossa disposition. Neither big nor brazen. Imminently drinkable.
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