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


Instantly Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir - varietally correct & overt – flush with many other aromatic ‘derivatives’ anxiously seeking attention!
Savoury/Stalky/Spicy. Wafts of cold meats… ham-hock, red corned-beef imbedded with peppercorn.
Blackberry fruit pastille and dark cherry fruits sprinkled with cinnamon/hot-cross-bun spices.
Oak – subtle, supportive, absorbed.

The wrapping - wild raspberry and a mix of other ripe darkened berries.
The package - gamey – sweet ham, quail… grouse, with only a faint reminder of its 9-month residence in Quercus robur/sessilis.
The seal - balance is the key here. Medium-bodied, tannin reverent … and a little bit too palate-friendly!

Technical Information

Origin: Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

Maturation: 9 months in French oak barriques.

Variety: Pinot Noir.

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.


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