The Penfolds Collection

Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz 2014

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.

When To Drink
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window now - 2037. 
Taste Description

Colour
Deep dark red.

Nose
Trademark Bin 150 sheen, yet at the darker end of the spectrum… plumes of tanned leather, soot, boot polish.
Barossa Valley Shiraz spoils liberated via aromas of smoked meats and cheeses, ham, bacon, chorizo, with an overlay of charcoal/hickory.
Scents of a freshly plated terrine, replete with pistachio and juniper, and an infusion of dried herb (thyme, rosemary).

Palate
A bountiful array of fruits, fresh blueberry and mulberry to one side; dates and fig opposite.
The savoury – a duxelle/chanterelle/morel mushroom sauce and black olive, and the sweet - chocolate/vanilla pre-parfait/mousse.
Texturally hedonistic – a caressing fresh acidity effortlessly accommodating subtle oak and softened tannins.
Complete.

Technical Information

Origin: Marananga, Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Maturation: 14 months in French oak (30% new, 13% 1-y.o., 4% 2-y.o.) and American oak hogsheads and puncheons (30% new, 16% 1-y.o., 7% 2-y.o.).

Variety: Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions

Above long-term average winter rainfall occurred throughout the Barossa Valley region providing adequate soil moisture for the upcoming growing season. It was a warm, dry start to spring with below-average rainfall initiating budburst earlier than normal. Frost episodes were infrequent. The 2013 spring season was the windiest in 47 years in the Barossa, this coupled with cool nights, created variability with fruitset reducing potential yield during the flowering period.

2014 brought high temperatures reducing yields further during veraison for the fourth year in a row. A short heatwave caused the vines to shut down and slow grape maturation. The remainder of the growing season was warm and dry. This ensured desired flavour development and acid retention resulting in impressive fruit quality.

History

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. 

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