The nose here has such rich raspberries and blackberries with a gently earthy and spicy edge. The Barossa valley lives large in this wine, a regional expression of hearty, ripe and flavorful red and dark fruit, framed in smooth, supple, glossy tannins, with freshness at the finish. Drink over the next decade.
A blend of 68% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 9% Mataro, the Penfolds 2017 Bin 138 Shiraz-Grenache-Mataro boasts some slightly confectionary notes upfront, something like candied cherries, but they're balanced by earthier notes, savory tones of black olive and roasted meat and soft, dusty tannins. It's full-bodied but not overdone, with a firm, structural edge to it that keeps it very drinkable.
"COLOUR: Bright cranberry red.
NOSE: Comfortably embedded in the savoury spectrum - scents detected of charcuterie cold meats, a balsamic reduction. And aloke all 2017 Penfolds reds, fresh fruits elude with air. At this stage aromas of pencil lead, dried muscatel and seared pink peppercorn crusted beef do not offer overt Barossa regional cues.
PALATE: Not noted aromatically on 19/6/19, but certainly immediately tasted - earthy Barossa elements abound, coupled with earlier detected savoury red meats."
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