Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling 2021
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Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling 2021

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Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Style: White Wine

Variety: Riesling

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Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling 2021

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Producer: Penfolds

Country: Australia

Region: Eden Valley

Vintage: 2021

Critic Score: 96

Alcohol: 11.0%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2040


This is the best Bin 51 Riesling I can remember. Great length. This is a brilliant Riesling. Simply stunning - Ken Gargett

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.

"This is a brilliant release for Bin 51. Maker Kym Schroeter rightly hails it up with '02 and '05 as the best Eden Valley vintage in 2 decades. It cascades from the glass in a torrent of lily blossom, talc, fresh lemon, lime and Granny Smith apple. The palate follows a focused line of magnificent tension, powder-fine mineral structure and the scintillating acid drive of cool nights. The most precise and enthralling Bin 51 of the recent era, irresistible now, and with a grand future before it."  Tyson Stelzer 

Nose: A kaleidoscopic ascent of citrus derivatives – lemon sherbet is the first to be impatiently released; later, at their own pace and more assuredly, notes of Tahitian lime and lemon verbena.  And then there's more – scents of citrus bath salts/fresh linen and lemongrass. No shortage of highly aromatic descriptors remain, primarily a beguiling limestone-talc lift, yet it's the freshness and vitality of another retronasal engagement that impresses further – freshly-cut flowers, freshly-cut fennel, freshly-sliced cucumber, sea spray. 

Palate: No shortage of flavour, yet as noted in the commentary above, it's the fineness and purity of this youthful riesling that  immediately impacts upon that first sip. If we were to proactively and immediately leap to the other end of the palate – it certainly finishes exactingly clean and 'soft'.  Be assured, no lack of acidity, no lack of attaque …albeit gently. What of the mid-palate, flavours? Certainly a highlight – finger lime, lemon/lime zest, again sherbet, juniper berries, mirin,  and a slatey/crushed marble chalkiness. Eden Valley riesling attired in its Sunday-best. Peak Drinking: Now-2031.

Vintage conditions: Eden Valley enjoyed near long-term average winter rainfall with good early rainfall at the beginning of the growing season.  The latter half of spring and summer were very dry, conditions that prevailed until the end of harvest. There were only a handful of  summer days over 35ºC and no prolonged heatwaves. Overnight temperatures during the growing season were marginally  above-average yet below-average during harvest allowing for excellent riesling picking conditions. Riesling grapes across  High Eden were able to ripen slowly and evenly, developing great flavour and acidity. An outstanding vintage for this varietal. "  Penfolds

Expert reviews

"A contender for the wine of the Collection first up. Impressive for the youngest and cheapest wine. This is the best Bin 51 I can remember – it will rank with 2002 and 2005, two other stellar Riesling years, but I think might exceed them. This is a brilliant Riesling. 

Colour is very pale gold, limpid. An utterly glorious Riesling nose. Spice, chalk, limes, lemon zest. Lifted and fragrant, intense and yet both delicate and balanced. The texture is like crème brulee. There is a gorgeous softness to the wine, fully backed by vibrant, slightly puckering acidity. Great length here and no let up on the intensity as it proceeds. An immaculate young Eden Valley Riesling. Simply stunning. Drink: 2024 - 2035."  Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot - 96 points

"From the coolest summer in Eden Valley since the lauded 2002, this is a brilliant release for Bin 51. Maker Kym Schroeter rightly hails it up with '02 and '05 as the best Eden Valley vintage in 2 decades. It cascades from the glass in a torrent of lily blossom, talc, fresh lemon, lime and Granny Smith apple. Yet for all its exuberance, it is honed and streamlined like only a cool season can achieve. The palate follows a focused line of magnificent tension, powder-fine mineral structure and the scintillating acid drive of cool nights. The most precise and enthralling Bin 51 of the recent era, irresistible now, and with a grand future before it. Drink by 2041."  Tyson Stelzer, Halliday Wine Companion - 96 points and Special Value Wine  ★ 

"Pale green gold. Beautifully perfumed wine with bitter lemon, grapefruit camomile aromas with hints of marzipan and lemon grass notes. Razor sharp palate with plentiful pure lemon curd, lime, tonic water flavours, fine chalky textures and fresh persistent indelible acidity. Finishes crisp and minerally with al dente notes. Lovely fruit volume and drive despite its elegant structure. Should age for the medium to long term. Seal; screwcap Drink Now – 2028."  Andrew Caillard MW - 96 points

"A brilliant year; Kym Schroeter believes this is the best Eden Valley riesling vintage since 2002, or 2005. Lime, coriander, early season nashi pear and ginger root on the nose. This has Thai basil and green apple to boot. On the palate the acidity is fine and lacy, interwoven into the fruit from woe to go. The phenolics are chalky and super fine, creating shape and line through the middle palate and into the long finish. Lovely, saline, fresh…. Nice tension between acid/fruit and phenolics."  Erin Larkin, erinlarkin.com.au – 95 points

"Pale colour, almost water-white in its extreme youth, the bouquet lime-blossomy, extremely attractive and lifted, fragrant, not estery or yeasty, but all fruit. The palate is a fraction disjointed at this tender stage, lacking the perfect line, but it's a minor thing and will no doubt come together more in the coming weeks and months. Very recently bottled. Great potential. Drink: 2022–2036."  Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 95 points

"Shows a shining vintage and loads of typicity with fresh lemons and mineral salts. The palate is stitched to a long, fine band of acidity and carries bracingly ripe citrus flavor with impressive purity. Drink or hold."  Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com – 95 points

"Penfolds Bin 51 Eden Valley riesling is about as reliable as they come, in both quality and style. First impression was the lasting one. Pretty and perfumed, bath salts and limes with clear floral overtones. Expressive aromatics, up and about, before a dry, lengthy palate. Classic style, in good form. A riesling that you just want to rip into.Drink : 2021 - 2028+."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 93 points

"A very pale almost watery white colour is followed by a bright, fragrant yet reserved aromatic style that beautifully showcases the cooler Eden Valley climate. There is piecing lime, bath salt and peppery scented fruits with youthful vitality bursting from the glass. The palate is then dry and lightweight – floral fruits are silky in texture with crisp acidity again showcasing youthful vitality, and supporting a long finish. While still a little closed, there is no doubt this wine has plenty more to offer in the coming years as a refreshing dry white. Drink: 2021 - 2030."  Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot - 93 points

Awards

Special Value Wine – Halliday Wine Companion  ★  

Wine region map of South Australia

South Australia

South Australian is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. It is home to more than 900 wineries across 18 wine regions. The regions are Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Plains, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Currency Creek, Eden Valley, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, Padthaway, Riverland, Robe, Southern Fleurieu, Southern Flinders Ranges and Wrattonbully.

Many of the well-known names in the South Australian wine industry established their first vineyards in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The first vines in McLaren Vale were planted at Reynella in 1839 and Penfold's established Magill Estate on the outskirts of Adelaide in 1844.

South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the State to be able to produce a range of grape varieties - from cool climate Riesling in the Clare and Eden Vallies to the big, full bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Two of Australia's best-known wines, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, are produced here. There is much to discover in South Australia for the wine lover.