Penfolds Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz 2020
While the broader Barossa Valley is a major provider in many Penfolds reds, here we focus in a bit tighter to a sub-district that arguably offers uniquely recognisable characters in its own right. Typically western Barossa, this is riddled with charcoal and blacksmithy notes, iron roofs, old sheds and tractors. Sounds a crazy way to express its initial smells but it does it every time. The fruit takes its time to find its way through all that nasal entertainment, and when it does it’s all dark plum compote surrounded by oak notes (12 months in French and American barrels) with a side hustle of sarsaparilla leading the spice feels. Rich, robust and full of sub-regional bravado.