This new Special Bin shiraz is stunning and has such wildly deep and dark fruit, in particular very rich dark cherries and plums and plenty of attractively spicy oak on offer here. Intense and packed with youthful fruit. There’s an entrancing build of really fine tannin, carrying pure, pristine and deep-set flavors of blackberries and ripe dark cherries. The finish is carried on incredibly long, muscular and velvety tannins. Such power and elegance, really setting a new style. This is exceptional. A glorious new rung at the top of the Australian wine ladder. 51% Clare, 49% Barossa, two single plots blended and matured in French oak for 18 months. Seductively drinkable now, but this will live for decades. Best from 2028.
Drink Dates: 2028+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Monday, December 2, 2019
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100
A new addition to the Penfolds lineup, the 2016 Bin 111A Shiraz is a blend of Clare (51%) and Barossa (49%) fruit from vineyards that have previously contributed to Grange. Aged in 100% new French oak, it's a rich, luxuriously textured wine that's packed with ripe fruit and finely textured tannins. Hints of grilled meat and exotic dried spices accent red raspberries and redcurrants in this full-bodied but exceptionally silky and elegant red that meets the high expectations for such a pricey bottling.
Drink Dates: 2025 - 2050
Author: Joe Czerwinski
Issue: August 2019 Week 2
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
Generous and expressive, oozing with blackberry compote, cassis and framboise notes, offering hints of dark chocolate–covered coffee bean and a whisper of dried rose petal. The tannins are sink-your-teeth-into-them dense but never get in the way of enjoyment. The long finish leaves a wonderful impression. Drink now through 2035. 10 cases imported. — MW