Cellar Reserve

Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.

Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir is sourced from a number of premium vineyards and a variety of clones in the cool-climate region of the Adelaide Hills. Made in the original open fermenters at Magill Estate, this premium Pinot Noir was coldsoaked, hand-plunged and underwent natural fermentation prior to maturation in both new and seasoned French oak barriques. It was neither fined nor filtered. Free run only.

When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking window now - 2025.

Taste Description

Brooding cherry red.

Instantly Pinot Noir; instantly Adelaide Hills.
Above (treble, higher notes): glazed cherry, panna cotta/brioche ‘sweetness’.
Below (bass, lower register): stewed rhubarb stalkiness and tell-tale Pinot cold lamb.
In harmony: Subtle cedary oak and a spicy propulsion of turmeric & ginger.

Round & lush. Full & forceful. To style.
Fruits abound – white mulberry, wild raspberry, red currant most apparent. Other fruits require further coaxing…
Texturally - a plush crème brûlée mid-palate and a rhubarb ‘tartness’ to finish.
Omnipresent oak all but soaked up, leaving only an unapologetic faint tannin slipstream.

Technical Information

Origin: Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

Maturation: 9 months in French oak barriques.

Variety: Pinot Noir.

Vintage Conditions

The start of the growing season was about one week late with bud burst and shoot growth relatively even across the Adelaide Hills. Spring and summer were very dry with rainfall well below average. The mild summer ensured the vines were able to ripen grapes evenly and develop desirable flavours without any stressful heat events.


The 1997 Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir was first released after a series of winemaking trials beginning in 1995. 

“The twentieth release of Penfolds Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir. This 2016 release makes a significant Pinot Noir statement. Complex.”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker