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2018 Penfolds Bin51 Riesling Eden Valley

"Classic lime sherbet notes mark the nose of the 2018 Riesling Bin 51. It's leafy and fresh, then folds in hints of riper fruit on the palate, such as peach and pear. Crushed stone and wet moss give it a firm grounding in the earth as well. Crisp, lean and long, it shimmers with positive sunshine and energy, vibrant and lingering on the finish."
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Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
$40.00 per Bottle
$480.00 per Case
Vintage 2018
Wine Style Dessert Wine / Port
Varietal Riesling
Appellation Eden Valley SA
Size 750 ml
Tasting Notes
Color
Light lime green.

Nose
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!

Palate
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!
Imminently drinkable.
Vineyard Notes
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 flavor and natural acidity.
Production Notes
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.

Variety: Riesling.
Winemaker Notes
“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
Ratings
97 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
93 Points - James Suckling
92 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95 Points - Campbell Mattinson
92 Points - Huon Hooke
92 Points - Tyson Stelzer
18.5+ - Matthew Jukes
 
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