PENFOLDS RESERVE BIN A
COLOUR: Vibrant light straw with lime green hues
NOSE: Archetypical Adelaide Hills – ostensibly white stone fruits peach and nectarine.
Sensitive batonnage of yeast lees has coaxed out a complexing nuttiness – assorted cashew, almond and Brazil nut with an ever so slight trace of nutmeg.
Latent wafts of sulphide/struck match (almost) bring closure … until a beguiling mortar and pestle, (brine) ground oyster shell scent tip toes across the finish line.
PALATE: Unravels in the glass to reveal an enthralling and multi-dimensional package – line, depth, weight …!
A ‘big’ wine, certainly not shy in character! Big? Voluminous, yet controlled – restraint/precision wrestling with energy/tension.
No losers. Hints of citrus and nashi pear with the reported 40% of new oak totally absorbed, barely noticeable. Checked? Yes, 40% new!
Impressively well-integrated and complex!
PEAK DRINKING Now – 2028