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."
- Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
||Dessert Wine / Port
||Eden Valley SA
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!
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.
: Eden Valley, South Australia.
: Three months in stainless steel.
: Alc/Vol: 12.0%, Acidity: 6.0 g/L, pH: 3.00.
“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