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An intricately coiled and refreshingly elegant riesling for an extroverted season, with a core of lemon, lime and granny smith apple fruits and some fleshy red apple notes on the finish that reflect the vintage, and will make for an earlier drinking style. Exactingly crafted with well managed phenolics and a persistent finish. TS & […]

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Delightful bouquet of delicate lemon blossom, talc and lime, elegant and lifted. The palate unites concentration and intensity with outstanding acid poise, line and drive. It has the body to make it approachable and the acid line to age for the medium-term. TS & KD

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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 […]

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When Penfolds suddenly and brazenly jacked the price of Grange from $685 to $785 in 2013 in the wake of strong pre-release reviews for the 2008 vintage, the question on everyone’s lips was whether it would drop the price again in a weak vintage. The harrowing, wet 2011 vintage was fresh in all our minds […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Far too many Penfolds reds are consumed on release yet benefit more than most from a few years if not a few decades in the cellar. We all need something to drink while we’re waiting, and Bin 138 2013 is the answer, a joyful and flamboyant blend of berry compote and exotic spice, backed by […]

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Penfolds makes Adelaide Hills pinot noir that tastes, well, as much of Penfolds as it does of Adelaide Hills pinot noir. No doubt the structure and grip of nine months in 68% new French oak barriques has a lot to do with this. 2014 is not a season for such a high dose of new […]

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