2022 Penfolds, Bin 21 Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia

2022 Penfolds, Bin 21 Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia

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2022 Penfolds, Bin 21 Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia

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Description

Gloriously fruit forward and unmistakably Grenache. This wine is absolutely singing with summer berries and hedge fruits. The core of this wine is incredibly juicy and there is a softness to the fruit that is well contrasting with the firmer tannin structure which we know and love from Penfolds.

The concentration here is marvellous and there is certainly more to enjoy that just the fruit. There is a softness to the oak with subtle hints of spices and an earthy umami richness that will develop more with time.

Enjoy this over the next decade.

Amy Johnson, Private Account Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd

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Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20

First vintage of Bin 21 Grenache. The 2022 growing season in the Barossa Valley began with near-average winter rainfall, but temperatures remained below average for most of the season. 

Windy conditions and some isolated hail damage affected flowering and reduced yields in some vineyards. Dry and medium-warm weather prevailed during harvest, and yields were better than expected. 

Matured in French oak (6% new, 5% one-year-old and 89% ‘old’). TA 5.8 g/l, pH 3.52.

A new wine! So much darker than most Grenaches – really blueish, mid to dark crimson. It does smell like Grenache. Very sweet start, and it’s like a particularly soft, polished Châteauneuf rather than an old-vine Spanish Garnacha. With quite a bit of ripe tannin on the finish. Lots of pleasure here already. Hint of mint – buttery Murray Mints.

Drink 2023 - 2030

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (July 2023)

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Wine Advocate93/100

The 2022 Bin 21 Grenache pours a vibrant fuchsia in the glass and leads aromatically with poached raspberries, red earth, peppery rolled pastrami, brunette tobacco and a hint of black olive tapenade. 

In the mouth, the tannins are wrapped around a core of pure red raspberry fruit; it is ripe but not overly so and features a constellation of soft, chalky tannins. Really nicely done. It's the first vintage for the Bin 21. I asked where the McLaren Vale Grenache is (before you wonder yourself), and the answer was, "It is a medium-term intention." Sweet. 

It will be hard to resist drinking this in its infancy, but it also has the hallmarks of future capacity. It was matured in French oak for less than a year (6% new). 14.5% alcohol, sealed under natural cork.

Drink 2023 - 2035

Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (July 2023)

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James Suckling92/100

Full-weighted and fresh, with oodles of damson, Seville orange zest and kirsch teeming across vanillin oak rails. This mid-weighted feel is poised and easy to drink, particularly with a chill. It is, however, far from the zeitgeist of contemporary Aussie grenache, finishing just a bit sweet and cloying. 

Drink or hold

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (July 2023)

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Decanter90/100

A new wine to join the Penfolds Bin range, so named because it marks 21 years since Penfolds released its first Cellar Reserve Barossa Valley Grenache (the latest release of which is the 2018 vintage, the first made since 2002). 

This is a very different style, however – still from old-vine parcels dating to the 1930s but with steely tannins supporting quite a light-bodied but high-toned palate. 

The fruit is a little confected – think raspberry jellies and red cordial – and the alcohol sticks out a little, but the concentration and fruit purity speaks of those old vines and is unencumbered by oak. Give it time.

Drink 2023 - 2035

Tina Gellie, Decanter.com (June 2023)

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Vinous90/100

This inaugural release of the 2022 Grenache Bin 21 is a crowd-pleaser. It displays a rich array of sweet fruit aromas ranging from red liquorice and dark cherry overlaid by subtle new leather and oak influences. It's generous, fruit-forward and mouth-filling in feel, with hard-edged tannins keeping the fruit in check. 

The 2022 is old school but appealing all the same time.

Drink 2023 - 2026

Angus Hughson, Vinous.com (July 2023)

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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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Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache (Noir) is widely grown and comes in a variety of styles. Believed to originate in Spain, it was, in the late 20th century, the most widely planted black grape variety in the world. Today it hovers around seventh in the pecking order. It tends to produce very fruity, rich wines that can range quite widely in their level of tannin.

In many regions – most famously the Southern Rhône, where it complements Syrah and Mourvèdre, among other grapes – it adds backbone and colour to blends, but some of the most notable Châteauneuf du Pape producers (such as Château Rayas) make 100 percent Grenache wines. The grape is a component in many wines of the Languedoc (where you’ll also find its lighter-coloured forms, Grenache Gris and Blanc) and is responsible for much southern French rosé – taking the lead in most Provence styles.

Found all over Spain as Garnacha Tinta (spelt Garnaxa in Catalonia), the grape variety is increasingly detailed on wine labels there. Along with Tempranillo, it forms the majority of the blend for Rioja’s reds and has been adopted widely in Navarra, where it produces lighter styles of red and rosado (rosé). It can also be found operating under a pseudonym, Cannonau, in Sardinia.

 

Beyond Europe, Grenache is widely planted in California and Australia, largely thanks to its ability to operate in high temperatures and without much water. Particularly in the Barossa Valley, there are some extraordinary dry-farmed bush vines, some of which are centuries old and produce wines of startling intensity.

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