Breaking news! Vinomofo has selected its favourite new releases from Penfolds’ new icon range, unveiled today, for you to enjoy in a mixed case. Right. Now! Stories don’t get bigger than this so feel free to skip the news and head straight to the cart…
Chief mofos Justin and Andre were jostling in the boardroom last week when the phone rang. It was the big dogs from Penfolds: “We’d like you to taste our new vintage icon wines before they’re released”. Cue fist pumps and heart palpitations and a super cool “We’d love to” response. Bags packed, the lads headed to the hallowed halls of Penfolds to taste a line up of some of the world’s most distinguished vino. It took a lot of self control not to swallow every sip of these heavenly elixirs and get totally lost in the wonder of their surrounds. But with a clear head, they selected their personal favourites and are bursting with excitement to share them with you on the very day that these superstar wines have been released.
Each case includes two bottles of the following:
Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2012 | Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Robe and Clare Valley | 97pts Tyson Stelzer
All hail St Henri shiraz! An immortal blend first release in the 1950s, this is a time-honoured expression of Shiraz is somewhat of a maverick among uber red wines because it doesn’t rely on any new oak. In fact, it is matured in large old vats that allow the wine to develop with minimal oak character. Rich and vibrant when young, earthy and coffee laced when mature, this wine will make you believe in miracles. Prepare yourself for a sermon of blue fruits, liquorice and dark chocolate that pray at the altar of a seamless, silky and powerful palate. Hallelujah!
Penfolds Bin 150 Shiraz 2013 | Marananga SA | 95pts Wine Genius
Heralding from the ancient soils of the Marananga, comes a unique expression of shiraz with distinctive Penfold’s flair. Marananga lies very close to the centre of the Barossa Valley floor where warm dry conditions and rich red soils, provide the secret ingredients for some of the region’s best fruit. And this shiraz is its progeny… Powerful, earthy and structured, a cacophony of black fruits, chocolate and game characters crescendo on a chorus of firm tannins that will require a little patience to tame. Impressive now, but truly great things come to those who wait mofos.
Penfolds 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2013 | Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Wrattonbully and Coonawarra | 98pts Andrew Caillard
This wine is often referred to as ‘Baby Grange’ because parts of it are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. We love this because even if you can’t afford Penfold’s ultimate icon, you can still get a taste of epic greatness in this wine. First made in 1960 by the famous Max Schubert, Bin 389 is a monument in its own right. With a colour you could get lost in, its concentrated and powerful with a cornucopia of blackcurrants, plums and dark chocolate held together by a solid wall of tannins. If this wine was a building it would be the Uffizi - a beautiful shine to masterpieces.