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Penfolds Reserve Bin Aged Release Riesling

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Penfolds may not be known for their rieslings, but these aged-release wines are very underrated, and they don’t do it very often. Hailing from the Eden Valley, mature aromas of honey and toast waft out of the glass, along with hints of citrus rind and preserved lemons. The palate is lighter-bodied with some richness, then a burst of citrus flavours, a decent line of acidity that is still holding, a touch of almost quartziness to the texture, and a smooth but bright honey and toast finish. Excellent with char-grilled veggies or seafood kebabs.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale green with a golden hue.

Nose: The nose belies its age with preserved lime and subtle hints of buttered toast starting to add complexity. The wine is still youthful with primary citrus notes and lemon blossom.

Palate: On the palate, citrus dominates, with fine lemon pith notes, mouth watering slate-like mineral acid creating a linear structure from start to finish.

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Penfolds Reserve Bin Aged Release Riesling

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
The first (a one-off) since the 1999 vintage aged release riesling was retired - and a welcome return it is. A top-shelf, properly aged riesling fits the Penfolds ethos of cellar-worthy wines like a glove From the Eden Valley, there's a whiff of fresh quartzy mineral and some dried citrus peel on offer; it looks very complete, fresh and in the zone. Terrific burst of citrusy acid crunch on the palate, and it holds a dry, chiseled line from start to finish. An absolutely brilliant example of why the Eden Valley is world-class riesling country.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
With some of the juicy roundness of a modern Alsatian riesling, this creamy and generously flavoured wine has a chalky chassis of fine Eden Valley phenolics. Its delicate floral aromas of citrusy and apple-like fruit have a pleasing dusty earthiness, while lemony/limey acids tightly define the slightly oily palate.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
93
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Light, slightly confectionary aromas of lemon sherbet, spicy apple and pear. Long and juicy, but reasonably phenolic and chalky palate whose pleasing varietal flavours culminate in a persistent and tangy finish. Pleasing balance.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
93
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
Round, slightly coarse and cloying riesling whose developed bouquet of toast, butter and lemon sherbet reveals undertones of baby powder, cold tea and apricots. Juicy, forward and confectionary, its palate lacks length and freshness, delivering a cloying and almost oily palate with greenish edges. Perhaps such wines should only be released from the better vintages.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
83
Jeremy Oliver (1999 Vintage) says
Fresh, lively and youthful aromas of lime juice and lemon rind, backed by lightly spiced nuances of toast and honey. Long and lively, punctuated by refreshing mineral acidity, it's vital and vibrant, delivering delightfully intense citrus and pear/apple flavour along a smooth palate over fine-grained chalky phenolics.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
92
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Ultra-classic toast and kerosene; abundant mid-palate gentle lime juice flavours, are perfectly balanced by quite soft acidity on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
93
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green; a very toasty bouquet with some bottle-developed kerosene aromas is followed by a palate with much more lime fruit than the bouquet suggests, although the toasty characters are still there.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
89

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