The 2012 Bin 138 GSM is a dense magenta color. In no way bashful, the aromatics need little encouragement to leap from glass– with or without a swirl! The nose offers aromas of all the reds: raspberry, red licorice, dark red berried-fruits, and red jelly-bean. The wine is savory, and dare one say, Rhonish. Structurally verging on lush/viscous during this youthful developmental phase. It has yet to completely unfurl – there is a suggestion of kirsch, maraschino, and fruitcake mix. On the palate, white chocolate and mocha flavors powderiness merge with softened rounded tannins.
91 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "A blend of 66% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and the balance Mataro, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro opens to red currants and black raspberry fragrances with hints of Chinese Five Spice, roses and black pepper. With tons of sweet, red berry fruit in the mouth enhanced by a gentle spiciness, the structured, medium level of rounded tannins and lively acid holds through the long finish. 1,842 bottles were made. Drink it now to 2019+."
94 Points Australian Wine Companion - "A vintage well suited to this blend of 66/23/11% shiraz/grenache/mataro, creating a wine of even flow, lively acid balance and firm, finely textured tannin support. Violet fragrance and well-defined berry fruits are layered with pepper and spice, confirming a restrained, poised and ageworthy Bin 138, set to go down among the greats."
93 Points James Suckling - "The blend in 2012 is shiraz (66%), grenache (23%) and mataro (11%) and shows a wealth of red and blue fruits on offer with attractive brambly summer berry aromas, quite fresh and fragrant, some tarry blue fruits too. The palate has tangy juicy appeal, a stylish and elegant vintage for Bin 138 with plenty of immediate appeal. Dark summer berry flavours, supple swirling tannins and terrific balance here. One of the best value Penfolds reds this year. "