Red Wine Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz – Grenache – Mataro 2018. It can benefit from decanting. Created in 1844 by Christopher Rawson Penfolds, the Penfolds estate built a fine reputation from 1900 thanks to its powerful red wines. The brand has been the first one in Australia to opt for aging in French oak barrels and to develop inter-vineyard and multi-region blends. Over the years, this Australian estate has become one of the most important in its country, while maintaining its objective of producing wines of the highest possible quality. More than a unique and quality bottle, Penfolds offers its consumers an out of the ordinary sensory and individual experience. The Penfolds Bin 138 was born in 1992, and is inspired by the wines of the southern Rhone, where the grapes of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvèdre) are used in blends to create full-bodied wines with a rich aromatic profile. The grapes are grown and harvested from old vines in the Barossa Valley. The wine is then aged in oak barrels for 12-15 months. On the nose, the wine reveals aromas of ripe red fruit, light balsamic notes, and herbaceous hints. The earthy elements of Barossa and the sweet spices abound on the palate. The tannic backbone is perfectly balanced by juicy succulence and fresh acidity. It works very well with lamb and duck.
Red Wine Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz – Grenache – Mataro 2018
Red Wine Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2018. It is recommended to decant it for 1 or 2 hours before service. Voted Winery of the Year in 2013 by the prestigious Wine Enthusiast magazine, Penfolds had already established itself as an emblem of great Australian wines in the early 20th century thanks to the unrivaled determination of Mary Penfold. In fact, the co-founder of Penfolds Winery has dedicated herself body and soul to making exceptional wines. Her life’s work is reflected in the winery’s success which has established itself as a landmark in South Australia. Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2019 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (53%) and Syrah (47%). The grapes come from different regions of South Australia: McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway, Coonawarra and Wrattonbully. This diversity enriches the wines with the harshness of a range of Australia’s most beautiful wine regions. Nicknamed “Baby Grange”, Bin 389 was also created in 1960 by the legendary winemaker Max Schubert. This wine helped establish Penfolds’ reputation among red wine lovers for its combination of Cabernet Sauvignon structure and Syrah richness. After the harvest and fermentation, the wine is aged in American oak demi-muides (25% new) for 12 months. In the glass, Penfolds Bin 389 has an intense ruby red color. The nose is full of complex aromas of black fruits, licorice, mocha, chocolate, pencil shavings and pepper with a vanilla background. On the palate, it is structured and medium-bodied, with lively tannins and a pleasant acidity backbone. Drink it with meat stews and game.
Red Wine Petrolo Boggina C 2018. Pioneering winemaker Luca Sanjust originally pursued a career as a painter before leaving it all behind to take over the family winery. In the 1980s and 1990s his vision and hard work helped establish Petrolo as a cult Super Tuscan winery with a stellar reputation for powerful Sangiovese wines as well as his iconic Merlot-based Galatrona Bordeaux-style blend. This magnificent single vineyard cuvee is made from the oldest vineyard on the estate which was planted in 1947 by Luca’s grandfather and the founder of Petrolo, Gastone Bazzocchi. The 13 acre vineyard is planted with prized Sangiovese vines with yields kept low to create rich, full-bodied wines with plenty of complexity and depth. After vinification the young wine is aged in one 22 hectolitre cask and several smaller barrels for 16 to 18 months depending on the vintage. The final stage is a further 6 months ageing in the bottle before it’s deemed ready for release. On the nose seductive notes of ripe black cherries, wild berries and dried rose petals dominate, while the first sip reveals a solid medium body, fine tannins, and a robust core of dark fruit.