Penfolds’ winemaker Peter Gago was in town this week, affording us the chance to try some of the Australian brand’s extraordinary range — Grange, St Henri and Yattarna being the remarkable highlights. These are the kinds of wines you should buy now (wallet permitting) and lay down for 20 years. Or 30. Or even 50.
For those without the bank-balance – or patience – however, there is the extremely democratically priced Bin range. Don’t be dismissive. Some, such as the Bin 389, are the “second” wines of the greats (the 389 is dubbed “Baby Grange” thanks to the provenance of its grapes). What we’re opening this weekend, however, is the Bin 28 — an Aussie classic made (mostly) from grapes grown in the legendary Barossa valley — which is perfect for accompanying steaks at your World Cup barbeques over the weekend.
It’s all of the things you’d expect from a New World shiraz: big, robust fruits (think cooked plums, dark cherries) and more complex flavours of dark chocolate and liquorish. A typically punchy alcohol level (14.5 per cent) helps deliver balance and intensity to the flavours. You are getting a lot of wine for your money; this would pass for a far more expensive drop.
£13 at Tesco, www.tesco.com