Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: June 27, 2019 (JS-93)
Super tight and flinty aromas with a burst of lime and pithy grapefruit and plenty of spicy spark. The palate is taut and succulent, showing slightly chalky texture and lime, apple and green-pear flavors, delivered with power through the finish. Prominent acidity. Drink now, but better as a 5 to 6-year-old wine.
Source: October 2018 Penfolds New Releases, The Wine Advocate: 4th Oct 2018 (RP-92)
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.
Drink Date 2019 – 2030
Created in the 1990s as part of the evolving Penfolds white wine program, Bin 51 captures many of the 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 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. The evolution of Penfolds Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling opens another chapter in a long history of Penfolds involvement in winemaking from this variety.
VOLUME: 750 mL
PEAK DRINKING: Now – 2028
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!
FLAVOURS AND 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.