2012 Penfolds Bin 138 GSM
Barossa Valley, South Australia

94 JH; 91+ WA

2012 Penfolds Bin 138 GSM


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Winemaker's Notes
"In no way bashful, aromatics need little encouragement to leap from glass – with or without a swirl! Savoury, and dare one say, Rhonish. Cold meats, pan jus, cinnamon. Only 23% Grenache?! Would never have guessed...! All the reds: raspberry, red liquorice, dark red berried-fruits, red jelly-bean aromas. Medium to full-bodied. Substantial... structually verging on lush/viscous during this youthful developmental phase. Yet to completely unfurl – a suggestion of kirsch, maraschino... fruitcake mix. White chocolate and mocha flavours/‘powderiness’ confusingly merge with softened rounded tannins. Best 2015 - 2025."

Technical Notes
"66% Shiraz, 23% Grenache, 11% Mataro. 12 months in seasoned American oak hogsheads. 14.5% alc."
James Halliday
"94 pts ... A vintage well suited to this blend of 66/23/11% shiraz/grenache/mataro, creating a wine of even flow, lively acid balance and firm, finely textured tannin support. Violet fragrance and well-defined berry fruits are layered with pepper and spice, confirming a restrained, poised and ageworthy Bin 138, set to go down among the greats. Drink through 2027."

Wine Advocate
"91+ pts ... A blend of 66% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and the balance Mataro, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro opens to red currants and black raspberry fragrances with hints of Chinese Five Spice, roses and black pepper. With tons of sweet, red berry fruit in the mouth enhanced by a gentle spiciness, the structured, medium level of rounded tannins and lively acid holds through the long finish. 1,842 bottles were made. Drink it now to 2019+."