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2021 Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling, Eden Valley, Australia

$36.00

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Vintage

2021

Country

Australia

Region

Eden Valley

Bottle Size

750ml

Drinking Window

2024 – 2045

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 and a capacity for long-term cellaring. South Australia has gained worldwide recognition for producing definitive world-class riesling and Eden Valley always features.

In the 2023 vintage, explore typical Eden Valley aromatics of lifted orange blossom & freshly diced pink lady apples. The palate brims with alluring flavours of blood orange, passionfruit & lime, balanced with a natural zesty lemon acid.

Tasting Notes

Fresh and zesty. Citrus characters abound, lime juice noted. Flavoursome exotic fruits, feijoa, persimmon. There is a lovely drive to this wine, with mineral, mouth-watering/juicy mineral acidity. A wet stone/river pebble finish. Delicious now, with the promise of more to come.

Winemaking

The winter of 2022 was one of contrasts - June and August were both above average with over 100mm of rain falling, however July, at approximately 35mm, was one of the driest on record. Overall, winter rain was above average, leading into what would become one of the wettest springs on record with over 350mm of rain. As the vines grew, there was an ever-present and increasing disease threat, continually building with ongoing rain and no spray protection. Novel solutions were required. For the first time, a drone was used to spray all the Woodbury riesling grapes. This maintained healthy vine canopies and eliminated the disease threat. With soil profiles full of moisture, vine growth was uninhibited and crop development was unimpeded. The wet conditions made the growing season cooler than average and hence the vine growth rate was slow. However, with plenty of available soil moisture, berry size was excellent. This meant the surface area to juice ratio was low and phenolic content minimised. The cool conditions through summer delayed the start of vintage but resulted in a long, slow ripening period. The grapes developed terrific flavour and retained racy acidity. The 2023 vintage will be remembered for excellent quality wines with riesling showing strong varietal markers backed by fine acidity.

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