Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling 2020 750mL screw cap bottle

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Penfolds Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling 2020

Created in the 1990’s as part of the evolving Penfolds white wine development program, Bin 51 captures many 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 definitive 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.

When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window now – 2027.

Taste Description

Colour
Very pale straw with lime green hues


Nose
Aromatics instantly propelled from glass – white florals, star fruit, lemon sherbet, green lime and lime pith.
Definitively Eden Valley – convincingly confirmed by subtle Meyer lemon blossom wafting above classic Eden Valley bath salts and talc.
Fresh and vibrant. Inviting. Engaging.


Palate
An initial breadth of flavor (freshly squeezed lime and other citrus derivatives) – yet structurally remaining tightly defined.
Round and generous. Soft (lacy) acidity conveys fruit, adding persistence, length.
Great drinkability and great balance. Deceptively powerful. All augers well …

Scores

98 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

96 Points - James Halliday

95 Points - Huon Hooke

18+/20 Points - Matthew Jukes

94 Points - Tony Love

94 Points - Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

Winemaker Quotes

“2020 will be remembered for many reasons. Penfolds has just added a positive pneumonic!” 

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Technical Information

Origin: Eden Valley, South Australia.

Maturation: Two months in stainless steel

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 12%, Acidity: 7.5 g/L, pH: 3.06

Variety: Riesling.

 

Vintage Conditions

Eden Valley experienced plentiful winter rainfall, with average falls leading into spring. However, the following summer and autumn were very dry, with well below average rainfall. Spring and early summer were dry, hot and windy, which impacted final yields, however reduced disease pressure during the growing season. From January, the season became cooler than average with a low number of days over 35°C, near perfect ripening conditions, with cool nights and mild days. Riesling was harvested in the early hours of the mornings, with overnight temperatures clutching 5-10°C, allowing for greater acid retention and flavour development. Harvest commenced on February 19th and concluded on February 26th. Overall, a relatively small but high-quality crop of Eden Valley riesling.

History

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. 

The evolution of Penfolds Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling opens another chapter in a long history of Penfolds involvement in winemaking from this variety.

“2020 will be remembered for many
reasons. Penfolds has just added a
positive pneumonic!”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker

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