Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay (6-pack) 2017 x6
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Peak drinking Now - 2028
Crab warmed in kombu butter and basil.
8 months in French oak barriques (40% new).
Vibrant light straw with lime green hues
Archetypical Adelaide Hills - ostensibly white stone fruits peach and nectarine. Sensitive batonnage of yeast lees has coaxed out a complexing nuttiness - assorted cashew, almond and Brazil nut with an ever so slight trace of nutmeg. Latent wafts of sulphidestruck match (almost) bring closure until a beguiling mortar and pestle, (brine) ground oyster shell scent tip toes across the finish line.
Unravels in the glass to reveal an enthralling and multi-dimensional package - line, depth, weight ! A 'big' wine, certainly not shy in character! Big? Voluminous, yet controlled - restraintprecision wrestling with energytension. No losers. Hints of citrus and nashi pear with the reported 40% of new oak totally absorbed, barely noticeable. Checked? Yes, 40% new! Impressively well-integrated and complex!
Above average winter and spring rainfall offered the vines in the Adelaide Hills healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. September rainfall was significantly above the long-term average. Cool days and cold nights slowed vine growth in early spring with temperatures eventually warming in October. A mild and mostly dry start to summer was followed by two significant rain events after Christmas. January was mild with few hot days and unseasonal rain. The lower than average temperatures and abundant rainfall during the growing season and veraison produced a vintage that challenged both winemakers and viticulturists alike. Moving into March, mild days slowed ripening with cool nights and warm days persisting until harvest. Mild conditions allowed for a long hang time resulting in terrific flavour development and welcomed acid retention.
Call 1800 500 260 to purchase a single bottle for $125.00 (plus delivery)