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Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz is a sub-regional expression that is unmistakably Penfolds in character.
Standing on its own two feet, this release delivers a contemporary Shiraz alternative, framed by a mix of oaks; French and American, old and new – crafted in accordance with the traditional Penfolds method.
Deep, bright magenta; black core.
Firstly, a burst of curry and Indian spices ... and caraway, cardamom, celeriac.
The sweet - rich, coffee-grind, mocha, chocolate-cake, a brioche egginess; fresh sweet oak.
The savoury - roasted fat, crackling, rendered beef jus.
The subliminal – almost a virtual dust cloud of sprinkled ‘icing sugar’ hovering above.
Lifted, fresh. Avec acuity, focus.
Unabashed regional flavours of blackberry/raspberry/juniper coalesce with those of a more-than-likely choco/oak derivation.
A formic/V.A. ‘pulse’ combines with powdery tannins… massaged by lively acidity. A potent structural/textural statement indeed!
At time of tasting/writing, the blend’s French oak maturation contribution appears more obvious than that from America. Waiting…
Origin: Marananga, Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Maturation: 16 months in French oak (18% new, 18% 1-y.o.) and American oak hogsheads and puncheons (25% new, 39% 1-y.o.).
Autumn and winter rainfall were above average in Marananga, creating an excellent start to the season. Relatively warm temperatures in August accelerated vines out of dormancy early with prevailing warmer than average conditions leading to early flowering. Spring was generally warmer and drier than average, with summer-like conditions.
The low soil moisture slowed vine growth, positively leaving vines with open canopies. January temperatures were lower than usual with the recorded maximum temperatures being the coolest in 22 years. Significant rainfall in early January provided a much needed moisture boost to the vines in the final stages of ripening. Without any extremes or stress, the vines continued to ripen evenly leading into an early harvest. In February, hotter weather prevailed ensuring a fast and early grape intake.
Conceived from the ancient soils of Marananga, which lies very close to the centre of the Barossa Valley floor – slightly to the north and west, where warm dry conditions and rich red soils, provide the backbone to some of the region’s best known wines.
It was first introduced in 2008 in response to increasing availability of exceptional fruit. The style has a beautiful lasting quality and will repay medium to long-term cellaring.
The Penfolds Collection