Sourced from the powerful Western Barossa and fueled by an early and warm vintage. The nose is all blackberries and tar, together with some iron and sanguine aromas and plenty of woody spices, black tea, raisins and an earthy, coal-smoke edge. There's a bold core of very ripe, dense and deep-set black fruit on the palate with dark plums, blackberry essence and a wealth of clove and cardamom spices. The tannins wrap long and super deep. The density here seems effortless. This has at least a decade of life ahead of it. Drink now or hold.
Matured for 12 months in American (25% new) and French (7% new) hogsheads and puncheons. Inky purple-crimson hue; lives up to the expectations year in, year out. American oak suits the style down to the ground viewed against the broad church of Penfolds red wines. The tannins are soft and integrated, allowing the palate to break free for an instant or two.
Unlike the Kalimna Shiraz, which is a multiregional blend, the 2016 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz comes from that specific subregion of the Barossa Valley. It's a clear step up and a lovely wine, with bold berry fruit flavors framed by cedar and vanilla. It's full-bodied and plush, with that generous Barossa Valley character married to the dense Penfolds house style. Not exported to the U.S.
COLOUR: Very deep dark red.
NOSE: Sub-region instantly ID'd - voluminous blue fruits and giveaway juniper.
PALATE: Crunchy riberry, deemed a native superfood and often eaten raw - reportedly possessing 'a refreshing', spicy flavour, with a hint of clove and cinnamon.
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