Penfolds, Reserve Bin 16A Chardonnay 2016

Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

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Penfolds, Reserve Bin 16A Chardonnay 2016

Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia



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Grape Varietes: Chardonnay 100% Wine Style: Oak Aged Whites Winemaker: Peter Gago Optimum Drinking: 2019-2025 Reviewer Rating: 92 Reviewer: Decanter Code: 103024
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Penfolds Reserve Bin 16A Chardonnay 2016 yields from grapes which are handpicked into small bins and whole bunch pressed. It is aged for nine months in 40% new (French) oak barriques and combines cool-climate (trademark Adelaide Hills) finesse with concentration and complexity.

The origins of the Penfolds estate are set firmly in the medical sphere, and its reputation built up over the course of the 19th century based on the production of wines (often fortified) which were prescribed to patients by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold who had settled in South Australia from Brighton in 1844. From the 1940s onwards the focus shifted in favour of producing table wines, and in 1951 the legendary chief winemaker Max Schubert began experimenting with the idea of making a long-lived red wine called Grange. The rest, as they say, is history.


“A distinctive and enticing lemon meringue nose, with the merest whiff of struck-match, presages a really gorgeous wine with a broad yet focussed palate. Although this was barrel fermented and then aged in French barriques (40% new) for nine months, the oak is discreetly hidden behind the engaging medley of fruit, flint and savoury minerality. The flavour spectrum goes from citrus and nectarine to hazelnut and butterscotch. The lovely texture, mouthfeel and freshness add extra complexity, as does a long and pleasing savoury-bitter finish.” Decanter Magazine

Light straw in colour and a nose of lemon curd, meringue and nectarine. Perhaps there is a background note of struck match or cordite, but the slightly closed nature of this wine means this will be less evident given time. Even so, the attack on the palate is bright and minerally, with citrus (grapefruit) character and a very long finish. David King