2020 Penfolds, Reserve Bin A Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, Australia

2020 Penfolds, Reserve Bin A Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, Australia

Product: 20208016281
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2020 Penfolds, Reserve Bin A Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, Australia

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Description

Translucent straw. Vibrant, mineral- and lees-accented citrus and orchard fruit scents show fine definition and are complemented by jasmine, vanilla and iodine accents. Displays firm tension on the palate, offering smoke- and mineral-accented Meyer lemon and pear skin flavors that are slow to unfurl. The mineral note repeats emphatically on the tenacious finish, which leaves behind sappy Meyer lemon and floral notes. Made in 86% new French oak.

Drink 2027 - 2038

Josh Raynolds, vinous.com (Jul 2021)

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Josh Raynolds, Vinous94/100

Translucent straw. Vibrant, mineral- and lees-accented citrus and orchard fruit scents show fine definition and are complemented by jasmine, vanilla and iodine accents. Displays firm tension on the palate, offering smoke- and mineral-accented Meyer lemon and pear skin flavors that are slow to unfurl. The mineral note repeats emphatically on the tenacious finish, which leaves behind sappy Meyer lemon and floral notes. Made in 86% new French oak.

Drink 2027 - 2038

Josh Raynolds, vinous.com (Jul 2021)

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Jancis Robinson MW16+/20

From fruit unaffected by the terrible fires here in 2020 presumably. Matured for eight months in French oak barriques (86% new, remainder one year old).

Pale greenish straw. A little richer on the nose than the current Australian norm. Hint of dried pineapple rings on the palate and quite a bit of chewy tightness on the end without that much in the middle for the moment. But it's clean as a whistle and ends on a short note of lime. Refreshing certainly!

Drink 2021 - 2024

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com (Jul 2021)

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Wine Advocate94/100

The single-region 2020 Reserve Bin 20A Chardonnay comes almost entirely from Piccadilly this year (but always from the Adelaide Hills). It delivers scents of struck match and lingering campfire smoke, followed by almost peachy-ripe layers of fruit, all backed by vibrant notes of citrus and pineapple. It's medium to full-bodied and almost creamy in texture without being fat or lush, as it's drawn tight around a gentle spine of acid that lingers elegantly on the finish. Most tasters (myself included) wouldn't guess that this was aged in 86% new French oak.

Drink 2021 - 2030

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Jul 2021)

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James Suckling95/100
Aromas of intense lemon and peach, as well as nectarine and flinty mineral nuances, alongside assertive oak. There’s depth and drive to the palate with vivid peach and nectarine flavors. Power with elegance. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Aug 2021) Read more
Decanter94/100
Having asserted its lean, flinty style as a pronounced signature – with sharp, struck-match sulphides arresting the nose and a sharply defined lean fruit profile – the winemakers have now wound back its overt characters. The aromas now come alive with a whole orchard of citrus blossoms, while the palate is almost coy in its wake, though still boasts shades of bright lemon and grapefruit. Pure and confident, it’s a clever refinement of previous vintages for this distinctive model.

Drink 2022 - 2030

David Sly, Decanter.com (Jun 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Penfolds

Penfolds

Penfolds enjoys an iconic status that few New World producers have achieved. Established in 1844 at the Magill Estate near Adelaide, it laid the foundation for fine wine production in Australia.

The winemaking team is led by the masterful Peter Gago; it has the herculean task of blending the best wines from a multitude of different plots, vineyards and regions to create a consistent and outstanding range of wines. Its flagship wine, Grange, is firmly established as one of the finest red wines in the world.

Under Gago’s stewardship, the Penfolds range has evolved over time. Winemaking has moved away from New World heat and the sort of larger-than-life style that can mask individuality; the contemporary wines instead favour fine balance and typicity for the region or grape.

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South Australia

South Australia

At 72,000 hectares, South Australia is the engine room of the country's wine industry, responsible for 43 percent of its vineyards and encompassing some of Australia’s most famous fine wine regions.

One of the most important areas in qualitative terms is the Barossa Valley, beginning 50km north-east of Adelaide, and famous for its full-bodied Shiraz, as well as for its Grenache and Mourvèdre. To the east, the cool Eden Valley is home to some really fine Riesling and top-class Shiraz, such as that made by Henschke. To the north of Barossa is the Clare Valley, also a source of good Riesling but home to well-structured reds as well.

South-east of Adelaide lies the delightful vineyard area of the Adelaide Hills, where fine Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir are produced by wineries such as Petaluma and Llangibby EstateLanghorne Creek to the east of Adelaide has earned a reputation for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho and Shiraz while, between Adelaide and the sea, McLaren Vale is a noted area for red wines.

The unique vineyard region of Coonawarra lies 400km south-east in an area of pure limestone topped by a loose, red topsoil. Cool enough to resemble Bordeaux, this area produces great Cabernets and Merlots and is much in demand. Slightly to the north and to the west lie the regions of Padthaway and Mount Benson respectively, which enjoy similar success as sources of great white wines, especially ChardonnayWrattonbully however is known for its fresh, varietally-pure Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

However it’s the less-distinguished Riverland region that accounts for 50 percent of the state’s wine production.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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