Bin 138 draws its inspiration from the wines of Southern Rhône, where Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvèdre) are blended in varying proportions to create full-bodied wines possessing rich and heady perfume. Each year fruit for Bin 138 is sourced from old Barossa Valley vines (some more than 100 years old) and then matured for 12 to 15 months in seasoned oak hogsheads to allow the different varietals to shine through. Bin 138 is defined by its distinctive plum, raspberry pastille and underlying spicy notes. The first vintage release of this varietal blend was the 1992, labelled ‘Old Vine Barossa Valley’ – it was then elevated to Bin status for the 1998 vintage.
Purple-esque at time of tasting/writing
Grenache driven aromatics – despite this variety representing only one barrel in fi ve of the blend! No oak to speak of… Cherry/strawberry fondue aromas somewhat indulged by a spray of fairy fl oss/sherbet dustiness. A more down-to-earth cold meatloaf savouriness, although some persuasion required to aromatically detect aspic jelly?
Medium-bodied. An ethereal lightness (literally) – avec gloss and sheen. Refi ned. Structurally perceived as an initial (enveloping) outer husk of berried fl avours and tactile mouth imprint/ attaque, followed by a mid-palate burst of fruits. This palate package is wrapped within a weave of seasoned oak, adhered via crisp acidity and tannins.