Black core, garnet edges in colour. Certainly less confected (literally) and meatier than the nose might suggest – flavours akin to Greek lamb and rosemary, bone marrow/steak tartare, carpaccio of assorted meats. Yet fruits and berries are evident, manifested primarily via an impression of a juniper/strawberry/cranberry reduction. And cola. Sleek tannins and the interface of judicious oak facilitate a plush and glossy Bin 150 disposition, avec sheen. “Rumour has it that the scope of the Bin 150 ‘proposition’ may soon evolve… Watch this space. Exciting times ahead.
Until then, revel in this Marananga 2017 Shiraz package – colourfully wrapped in French & American oak, a tannic seal tightening its mid-palate, and a colourful bow of sprightly spice & sumptuous fruits..” - Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
95 Points - Huon Hooke
"Very deep, dense, brooding red/purple colour, with a smoky char-oak and black fruit bouquet incorporating blackstrap licorice and sooty/earthy and blackberry notes. Cocoa powder and coal dust. The wine is very full-bodied but not as big a Bin 150 as usual. A more elegant style except that the tannins are quite chewy and robust, and the length is quite persistent."
99 Points - Andrew Caillard MW 2017
“Deep colour. Lovely dark chocolate, blackberry, mulberry aromas with light cinnamon, vanilla, roasted chestnut notes. Generous, saturated and inky with lovely deep-set blackberry, mulberry fruits, cinnamon ginger oak complexity, fine loose knit ripe lacy textures, some meaty notes and integrated long acidity. Finishes grainy firm with plenty of blackberry ginger liquorice notes. A classical Barossa Shiraz with superb density, fruit definition and balanced oak. A reference vintage. Superb unforced wine showing all the hallmarks of the Penfolds house style and regional definition. My top pick of the 2019 collection. “