PENFOLDS 15A CHARDONNAY 2017
Very light pale straw
More citrusy than normal with lemon meringue and preserved lemon notes. And yet still harbouring typical Adelaide Hills white nectarine aromas alongside yeast lees/oakderived complexing characters, almond nougat. A trace of powdered/finely ground white pepper adds an interesting and intriguing element. Background minerals / struck rock / ferric flintiness (not quite wetted iron filings!) spiral upwards, building complexity.
Lemon and citrus conceded, however, a more pronounced grapefruit pith character assumes control of palate - obliging a round, mouthcoating, softened phenolic texture. Structurally, a mineral acidity coupled with papery tannins/phenolics, induce an impressive length of flavour. An expressive Bin A displaying more purity and more drive, albeit with greater focus, tightness.
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LAST TASTED August 2017