penfolds bin 138 tasting notesThanks to Nigel Two, we had the pleasure of toasting Queen Adelaide in episode 017 with a glass or two of a Penfolds 2009 Bin 138.

This is typical of the Penfolds range, in that it really does need at least five years in the bottle to be ready for drinking, although tonight’s candidate was performing nicely at four years.

The GSM blend consists of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre

Nigel recalled 2009 was a hot vintage which produced some powerful and rich wines.

He also noted that Mourvedre really balances out the tannins while the Shiraz and Grenache bring complexity and spice.

Overall, the most common word used during the tasting was ‘smooth’.

There was also much talk of raspberry, chocolate and spice.

We also formed the distinct impression that the elements of this wine were so nicely balanced and subtle that we imagined the wine being right at home in British Racing Green and politely tipping its cap at allcomers and bidding them politely with a, ‘jolly good’.

A good wine with plenty of legs left for cellaring.