The Penfolds Collection

Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir is a bold, and dynamic addition to the Penfolds red wine stable – reflecting an evolving style, regional definition and the complexities of the many and varied clones of Pinot Noir.

The relationship between Penfolds and the cool climate, high altitude Adelaide Hills wine region continues to grow from strength-to-strength with this Bin 23 Pinot Noir. Following in the footsteps of the success and development of the Penfolds Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir.


When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window now - 2022. 

Taste Description

Medium red.

Earthy. Varietal – trés Pinot Noir!
Initially, definitive wild (Morello) cherry, kirsch/maraschino/strawberry aromas; followed by the derivatives - cooked beetroot, rhubarb, blood orange, ferric ’rust’.
Omnipresent smoked pork fat and crispy duck-skin glaze organics prevail, as does an intriguing ‘leafiness’ (torn grape-leaf, dolmade)… in this instance, not stalkiness.
Oak? Other than a slight dustiness, very subtle.

Lively Adelaide Hills fruit flavours – cherry, strawberry compote/conserve.
Oak more apparent than on nose, supportive and judiciously concealed.
Softened, silky tannins and a lively yet balanced acid-line throughout impart a velvety texture that coats tongue.
As the pour unravels in glass all then becomes increasingly more complex and invoking.

Technical Information

Origin: Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

Maturation: Nine months in French oak barriques (22% new).

Variety: Pinot Noir.

  • Hand-picked, 15% whole-bunch inclusion
  • Free-run only – no pressings
  • Wild ferment
  • Nine months on gross lees, without SO2
  • Not fined
Vintage Conditions

Autumn and winter rainfall were above the long-term averages. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with light and infrequent showers only observed throughout spring. A significant rainfall event in early January revitalised vineyards and gave vines a much needed boost throughout veraison.

Mild days coupled with cool nights provided consistent conditions, resulting in high acid retention with even and steady sugar accumulation over the ripening phase. Harvest across most vineyards in the Adelaide Hills was compressed with the majority of the vineyards picked by the end of March.

Bin 23’s name is derived from the Pinot Noir maturation location ‘Cellar 23’ at Magill Estate. First vintaged in 2009, it is a distinctive style especially made for Penfolds drinkers who enjoy rich, mouth-filling wines with plenty of fruit generosity and flavour length.