Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

“2013 is a really strong vintage for us across all areas,” says Penfolds Senior red Winemaker, Steve Lienert. “A good year, a little more concentrated than 2012, and structurally a bit denser due to lower yields and drought conditions.” He rates it up with 2010, long-lived, yet different in style. My impressions are slightly less […]

Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon

Another grand release in the great lineage of 407, this is an impeccably varietal cabernet of intricately engineered structure and incredible longevity. Blackcurrant and cassis fruit are framed skilfully in lively acidity and the dark chocolate and coffee of classy French (26% new) and American (12% new) oak. Fruit and oak tannins unite seamlessly to […]

Penfolds Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz

A quintessential, powerful and structured Marananga that calls for patience in the cellar. Layers of black fruits, liquorice and hints of game define a deep and brooding northern Barossa shiraz, with classic Marananga milk chocolate lingering long through the finish, confidently supported by a firm, fine cage of French and American oak tannins (14% new […]

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

St Henri was the same price as Grange when the two were first released in the 1950s. 2010 St Henri declared that this label is still deserving of greater respect than it is afforded, and 2012 confirms that this was no one-off. The mild summer, dry autumn and even development of small berries and bunches […]

Penfolds Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Any reservations Penfolds Senior White Winemaker Kym Schroeter has of 2014 in Tumbarumba he certainly doesn’t hold for the Adelaide Hills, a season he ranks up with 2012 for its structure and longevity. This is a Bin A of body, concentration and grand persistence, declaring fermentation and nine months maturation in 82% new 225L barriques […]

Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz

“Almost perfect conditions” in Magill produced what Penfolds Senior Red Winemaker Steve Lienert as one of the best Magill Estates. Winter rain, warm Dec and Jan, pristine conditions for mid-Feb harvest. Blueberry and mulberry fruits are framed in firm oak structure (71% new French oak and 24% new American), making for a slightly astringent oak […]

Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay

The total production of Yattarna is just 500-1000 cases, one-tenth that of Grange. A warm, low-cropping, intense and less than outstanding year in the Adelaide Hills shifted the focus of sourcing to the Coal and Derwent Valleys of Tasmania, which account for 90% of the blend. The result is a powerful Yattarna, a vintage of […]

Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz

2013 is a blockbuster vintage for RWT, a dry, warm season of lower yields and heightened concentration of black fruits and liquorice, confidently met by the prominent dark chocolate and vanilla custard mood of French oak and a towering wall of firm, fine tannins. Fruit, oak and tannins ascend in unison, maintaining balance and form, […]

Penfolds Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

A blend of three Coonawarra vineyards, 2013 brings an altogether different personality to Bin 169 than 2008 (two blocks) and 2010 (one block). This impressive season in Coonawarra delivered a warm December and January and a cool to mild autumn, furnishing conditions for a classic Coonawarra cabernet of fragrance, vibrancy and tang. It’s built on […]