Colour: Bright cranberry red. Nose: Comfortably embedded in the savoury spectrum – scents detected of charcuterie cold meats, a balsamic reduction. And, alike all 2017 Penfolds reds, fresh fruits elude with air. At this stage aromas of pencil lead, dried muscatel and seared pink peppercorn crusted beef do not offer overt Barossa regional cues. Palate notes below hopefully more compliant! No oak to speak of ... Palate: Not noted aromatically on 19 /6/19, but certainly immediately tasted - earthy Barossa elements abound, coupled with earlier detected savoury red meats. An agglomerate of assorted tannin shapes derived from the trio of shiraz, grenache and mataro set the textural stage – in parallel with a juicy /fruity succulence. A deconstructed Massaman Thai curry accompaniment – direct from the recipe book: cardamom, cinnamon, clove, star anise, cumin, bay leaf and nutmeg. All three varieties carry their weight, all three generously add to the mix. Bin 138.