Leo Buring Leonay DW W17

This wine upholds precision in its spectrum of lemon blossom, lime and granny smith apple fruit that few achieve in Eden Valley in 2015. Fresh and lively, with classic Leonay acid drive, it’s well controlled and long. It’s on rails, with exceptional focus and drive and slatey mineral mouth feel. A subtle touch of phenolic […]

Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro

2013 was a warm, dry, early harvest of low yields, producing a blend of depth and intensity of liquorice and black pastilles, underlined by firm, slightly clunky tannins. The black fruits of shiraz (86%( take the lead, supported by the earthy, savoury nuances of mataro (14%). For the record, a blend of Padthaway, McLaren Vale, […]

Penfolds Bin 5 Eden Valley Riesling

Mild days and cool nights in Eden Valley from late-January until March have produced a riesling of fruit concentration, poised, cool season acidity and good persistence. Red apple and lemon fruit edges toward mandarin. I’d like to see a little less ripeness and more subtle structure; some phenolic grip on the finish points toward an […]

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

A Bin 28 of depth, structure and intensity, reflecting the dry, warm conditions and early, condensed harvest of 2013. It’s plush and rich, with concentrated black plum and dark berry fruits accented with liquorice and dark chocolate, framed in firm, drying tannins that carry good persistence and medium-term potential. A blend of Barossa Valley, McLaren […]

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz

Penfolds new release tastings have now been scheduled to August, and although 128 has already been in the market for five months, the additional time since its release has certainly helped it, now accurately displaying the black plum skin and cracked pepper definition that flatters Coonawarra shiraz. It’s framed neatly in dark chocolate oak and […]

Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay

Penfolds Senior White Winemaker Kym Schroeter is quietly critical of his 2013 and 2014 Tumbarumba chardonnays for their fuller and richer style, saying he’d like to see more fine mineral character. He’s too hard on himself, and is to be applauded for such a refined and well crafted Bin 311 from a season of hot, […]