Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2016

Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2016

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Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Style: White Wine

Variety: Chardonnay

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Producer: Penfolds

Country: Australia

Region: Adelaide Hills

Vintage: 2016

Critic Score: 97

Alcohol: 13.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2028

Wonderful wine with superb density, richness and attack - Penfolds Rewards of Patience

Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating

Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay was first released in 1994, with fruit sourced from the Adelaide Hills and Tumbarumba. It has since evolved into a wine that is now a distinctive, single-region wine from the Adelaide Hills. Fruit is sourced from 10 key vineyards, all owned by independent growers. "The Reserve Bin A Chardonnay has all the great characters of Grand Cru chardonnay, but it's very much from South Australia."  Kym Schroeter, Penfolds White Winemaker.

"The 2016 Reserve Bin A Chardonnay towers over Bin 311. It has a gloriously complex and expressive bouquet with fruit and high quality French oak both on song. Grapefruit/nectarine flavours are tightly wound together, and ride high, wide and handsome on the back of perfectly pitched acidity."  James Halliday

The Reserve Bin A Chardonnay is sourced from a number of vineyards in Adelaide Hills, particularly those located in Birdwood, Balhannah, Piccadilly, Woodside, Morialta and Gumeracha. Most of the vineyards lie along a long stretch of varied, cool micro-climates along higher elevations in the hills. The wine centres specifically on 10 key vineyards, all owned by independent growers. Yields are kept low, at around three to four tonnes per hectare, to maximise flavour development and balance.

Fruit is hand-picked into small bins and then whole-bunch pressed. Typically, the wine is naturally fermented in new and one-year-old tightly-grained French oak barriques and then allowed to go through 100 percent malolactic fermentation to achieve further integration of fruit and oak. Some parcels are purposely sulphite-influenced/fermented on solids with wild yeasts. At the end of fermentation, the wines are regularly stirred on their lees to bring more richness and depth of flavour. Once regarded as extreme winemaking practices, these techniques are now considered quite standard in achieving heightened complexity, flavours and texture. 

"The 2016 Reserve Bin A Chardonnay was matured for nine months in French oak barriques (40% new).

Nose: More citrusy than normal with lemon meringue and preserved lemon notes. And yet still harbouring typical Adelaide Hills white nectarine aromas alongside yeast lees/oak-derived complexing characters, almond nougat. A trace of powdered/finely ground white pepper adds an interesting and intriguing element. Background minerals / struck rock / ferric flintiness (not quite wetted iron filings!) spiral upwards, building complexity.

Palate: Lemon and citrus conceded, however, a more pronounced grapefruit pith character assumes control of palate - obliging a round, mouthcoating, softened phenolic texture. Structurally, a mineral acidity coupled with papery tannins/phenolics, induce an impressive length of flavour. An expressive Bin A displaying more purity and more drive, albeit with greater focus, tightness."  Penfolds

Expert reviews

"Pale gold. Fresh nectarine, lemon curd and grapefruit aromas with expressive flinty notes. Generous and creamy with superb tension of fruit and structure. Grapefruit, lime, bitter lemon and flinty flavours, fine loose-knit lacy textures, integrated vanilla/grilled nut oak and crisp yet lively acidity. Wonderful wine with superb density, richness and attack. Drink now to 2040."  Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating

"Very compelling and polished with pithy grapefruit, lime, citron and struck match, some stony minerals and a handy serve of toasty oak - a lot on offer. The palate is twitching with boldly flavoured fruit and a powerful composed mid-palate. Plenty of grip, plenty of punch and plenty of depth, polished finish. Drink now to 2030."  Nick Stock, – 97 points 

"Matured for 9 months in French barriques (40% new). Towers over Bin 311; a gloriously complex and expressive bouquet with fruit and high quality French oak both on song. Grapefruit/nectarine flavours are tightly wound together, and ride high, wide and handsome on the back of perfectly pitched acidity. Drink by 2026."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 97 points and Special Value Wine  ★ 

"Light to medium, bright yellow hue. The bouquet is very smoky and toasted-nutty, with reduction and smoky oak all combining with lovely fine, citrusy fruit. Lemons and grapefuits; dried flowers as well. Intense and tightly-focused, firm and long with a trace of tannin which is nicely balanced. (40% new oak; full malolactic fermentation). Drink: 20172029."  Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 95 points

"It's all Adelaide Hills Chardonnay. It saw 40% new French oak. The empire bites back. The strike of flavour here is as convincing as it is impressive. Cedar oil, a power of grapefruit, meal, toast and stonefruit. Oak is a key component but it's like a compression suit to the flesh of the fruit. Ultra sophisticated Chardonnay. Dressed. The body and the tone. Elegance implied. Drink: 2018 - 2025."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 95 points


Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating
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.