Se­quence sure as cer­tain

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

PENFOLDS Shi­raz has never had a se­quence of vin­tages to match the fruit qual­ity and wine­mak­ing of the re­cent 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 vin­tage releases.

Penfolds Bin 128 Coon­awarra Shi­raz 2014

Soft, el­e­gant, long and classy, it has more body than many vin­tages and is gen­tle, low-keyed, young and seam­less.

There are no cor­ners and no edges and, while it is not a clas­sic Coon­awarra, this is a lovely and de­li­cious up­per mid-range shi­raz with the po­ten­tial to de­velop for 20 years.

Bril­liant fruit and bril­liant wine­mak­ing with an ex­em­plary fin­ish and af­ter­taste that is al­most ex­cit­ing.

Con­text is im­por­tant and I have tried ev­ery Bin 128 Shi­raz many times.

The great­est and best value was the 1986 and, de­spite some weak links (1989), there have been many stars.

In con­text this is one of the great­est. 18.5 points and $49.50

Penfolds Kal­imna Bin 28 Shi­raz 2014

Soft, plump, ripe, gen­tle and bal­anced, it has red berries mixed with, un­usu­ally for Penfolds, blue­ber­ries and it is de­li­cious.

The 2013 was mar­vel­lous and this is bet­ter with a seam­less, bril­liant and al­most ex­quis­ite fin­ish and af­ter­taste.

While young and re­strained, this has life and is one of the great Bin 28s ever. 18.5 points and $49.50 Penfolds Bin 150 Marananga Shi­raz 2013

In restau­rants, the cus­tomers love all sorts of things, but if you serve the right cus­tomer a plump, ripe, soft and seam­less Barossa shi­raz, the usual grat­i­fied re­sponse will be as good as it gets for the restau­ra­teur.

The cur­rent 2013 re­lease and the just about to be re­leased 2014 are su­pe­rior to the also highly rec­om­mend­able prior releases.

The 2013 could be a typ­i­cal high-qual­ity, warm, round, gen­tle and de­li­cious Barossa shi­raz, ex­cept for the fact the oak han­dling is su­pe­rior and the style more re­fined than most.

This is just a won­der­fully sat­is­fy­ing drink.

And as for the 2014, it is less plump and less ripe, but of enor­mous length; mouth-fill­ing, tex­tu­ral, seam­less.

It has very high-qual­ity fruit with a cleans­ing, lin­ger­ing fine tan­nin fin­ish and is bril­liant wine­mak­ing.

At un­der $100, are th­ese the best Barossa shi­raz?

18.8 points and $99.50

With John Jens

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