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Bin 51 captures many of the attributes of the Eden Valley locale. The region’s high altitude and cool climate induces riesling with great finesse and elegance with a capacity for long-term cellaring. South Australia has gained worldwide recognition for producing world-class riesling and Eden Valley always features. In their youth, the wines possess scented floral and citrus aromas, with a mineral edge and marked natural acidity, contributing significantly to the palate texture and flavour.
The evolution of Penfolds Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling opens another chapter in a long history of Penfolds involvement in winemaking from this variety.
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window now – 2028.
Light lime green.
Unashamedly Eden Valley fruits – ID’d instantly! All regional riesling markers on display.
An array of florals – white spring flowers (jonquil), and hints of fresh lime..
Crushed mixed-stone gravel … not quite at talc stage. Yet.
Aromatically extols an undeniable purity, minerality and freshness!
Very lime – citrus driven palate augmented by just ripe Granny Smith apple, cucumber granita and traces of juniper berry.
A distinct chalky acid presence noted, yet ideally balanced so as not to intrude or distract.
Admittedly a wishful second guess, but no reason to suspect why this palate shouldn’t remain intact over the next decade or three!
97 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
95 Points - Campbell Mattinson
92 Points - Huon Hooke
92 Points - Tyson Stelzer
92 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
18.5+ - Matthew Jukes
“A chlorophyllic wonderland … green across all sensorial interfaces except palate … whereupon it is certainly not!”
"One 750ml bottle - simply not enough!"
“SCREAMS Eden Valley!.”
- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
Origin: Eden Valley, South Australia.
Maturation: Three months in stainless steel.
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 12.0%, Acidity: 6.0 g/L, pH: 3.00.
Above average winter rainfall in Eden Valley provided good soil moisture profiles leading into spring. Drier conditions then prevailed from September through to April which was 22% down on the long-term average. Spring provided ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set while the growing season experienced temperatures above the long-term average, with twelve summer days recorded above 35°C. Healthy canopies shielded the grapes from adversity and with careful use of supplementary irrigation the grapes were able to ripen evenly across blocks.
The 2018 vintage quality was exceptional, with lovely varietal flavour and natural acidity.
Bin 51 was created in the 1990s as part of the evolving Penfolds white wine development program. The first vintage in 1999 was labelled Eden Valley Reserve Bin Riesling.
“SCREAMS Eden Valley!”
Penfolds Chief Winemaker
“SCREAMS Eden Valley!”
The Penfolds Collection