Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 2006
Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 2006 is very Penfolds, very Barossa, very Grange! Scents, now five years in the making, weave their charm - this aromatic quilt's first-noted brightest colours are panaforte fig and quince paste alongside cured & smoked meats. Its fabric is meshed with spice - cinnamon, vanillin pod, nutmeg and black pepper - tempered by teppanyaki sauces, amaretto & almond. A dark thread connects - black liquorice, olive and fresh Arabica coffee-bean and soy. Background nutty oak (Brazil nut) beneath, yet barely noticed. Freshness and balance are welcomed, yet confuse. A few sips remind of the oft-used reference 'iron fist in a velvet glove'. Firm throughout and across palate - reverent tannins and oak convey & propel flavours of slow-roasted lamb (avec jus), dark chocolate, cola, maraschino, with a menthol, rosemary lift to finish. Alluringly, a plush satin, cashmere mouthfeel compounds the initial confusion - accessible, yet poised to evolve and complex over many decades.
"A profound and complete offer - akin to a mix of the 2002 and 2004 Grange vintages respectively... not a bad credential on any curriculum vitae!"
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Shiraz 98%, Cabernet Sauvignon 2%
Vintage - 2006
Country - Australia
Region - Barossa Valley
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 14.5%