Hi from Jeff,¬†¬†¬†
I‚Äôve personally been involved with Penfolds Wines for 34-years and for 10 of those years I worked with them in Australia so I have a special appreciation for their history and greatness; I‚Äôve tasted Bin wines made as far back as the 1960‚Äôs and Grange from the 1950‚Äôs plus collected these great reds over several decades for my own enjoyment.
These latest 2008 and 2009 Bin red wine releases are as good as I have ever tasted. It is my personal belief that current Chief Winemaker Peter Gago (only the 4th in over 60-years) will in the fullness of time be judged the most influential figure in the evolution of these iconic wines since legendary founding winemaker; the late and dear Max Schubert.
Which reminds me; there is a remarkable tale of Max‚Äôs courage, perseverance and belief in creating the Grange and Penfolds legacy, it is called ‚ÄėMax Schubert Winemaker‚Äô and is authored by Huon Hooke (first published in 1994). I‚Äôve read it a couple of times and I recommend you seek out this intriguing and inspirational tale.
This year also herald‚Äôs the release of a new Bin red ‚Äď Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz, a full bodied pure bred Barossa Shiraz that sits in the illustrious company of 389 and 407 (see below for full details).
Finally the 2nd release of the Bin 23 Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills is a very lavish experience but definitively Pinot in taste with a classic rich sweet and savoury palate and likely to age over a 7-10 period.
See below for our tasting notes and when you‚Äôre looking to purchase – click for the two GREATEST Penfolds wine offers in NZ this year.
Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
The crown jewel of the Bin releases 389 is often referred to as ‚ÄúBaby Grange‚ÄĚ because components of Bin 389 are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange and they don‚Äôt come better than this striking 2008 release. New aromas appear every time your swirl the glass; notes of black forest gateaux, chocolate fudge icing, sweet black cherry, vanilla, black currant… I could go on! Further confirmation of its pedigree shows in the saturation of black fruits, mocha, liquorice and spices, refined spicy oak and refreshing blueberry infused finish. Without doubt this is a 20+ year wine, but don‚Äôt be afraid to decant a bottle with a good Beef Fillet, Enjoy!
Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon
407 lovers should quickly load up their cellars with this gorgeous 2008 release that has classic Cabernet aromas of graphite, cassis, currants and brambly spices. Those characters transcend into the taught, flavoursome layers of the palate enhanced by liquorice, olive tapenade and wild berries wrapped in aristocratic tannin and warm savoury oak. Finishing with power, finesse and freshness this stunning 2008 will be at its best circa 2020 ‚Äď 2025 if professionally stored.
Bin 150 Shiraz (New Release)
This stunning new Marananga is the epitome of full bodied Barossa Shiraz. Its striking aromas of black fruits, vanilla, desiccated coconut and savoury spices allude to the endless tide of Black Barossa fruits laced with tastes of aniseed, sweet black cherry, kirsch and spices. Deeply impressive its final act is to seduce you with hints of black forest gateaux and dark coffee beans. This limited premium Shiraz will quickly join the ranks of 389 & 407 at the top of the Penfolds Bin releases, Enjoy 2012 ‚Äď 2020+
Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz
Bin 28 is legendary among South Australian wine aficionados; it‚Äôs big, ripe and packed with flavour but so very smooth and creamy. Our team can‚Äôt remember tasting one better than this stunning 2008 effort although Jeff says ‚ÄúI would class it equal or better than the legendary 1998‚ÄĚ. The deep consuming aromas of black fruits, violets, sweet oak, vanilla, black olive and blueberry quite literally causes a moment of meditation while the powerful yet incredibly layered and smooth palate leaves an impression of $50+ dollar Shiraz. Buy as much as you can but remember the best rewards come to those with patience, Cheers!
Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz
The elegant alter ego to Bin 28, Bin 128 is aged in a mixture of new and seasoned French hogsheads helping to accentuate the pepper, spice and floral characteristics of Coonawarra. Aromatically a wonderful contrast of spicy/savoury tones comes first followed by hints of refined red fruits and soy. There are plenty of boysenberry, raspberry and milk chocolate tastes to savour on the palate plus a coating of fine grain coco tannin adding interest and feel. It‚Äôs all together rather irresistible now however there‚Äôs no doubt this epic vintage will still be drinking in ten years time, Enjoy!
Bin 138 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre
138‚Äôs Grenache dominant red blend is so aromatically alluring and seductively flavoured it‚Äôs like nothing you‚Äôve experienced before. Smelling of spring flowers, fresh black berry and black liquorice the pinot-esque (silky) like palate harbours a deep, creamy collection of cola, chocolate and black plum flavours. According to Peter Gago ‚ÄúThe best-to-date Grenache predominant 138‚ÄĚ and we‚Äôre in absolute agreement. Enjoy now and through 2016+
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