Penfolds Bin 23 Pinot 2012 (6 x 750mL), Adelaide Hills, SA.

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The inaugural 2012 Penfolds Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir's name is derived from maturation Cellar 23 at Magill Estate. Bin 23 Pinot Noir is a bold, new addition to the Bin collection and promises to be a dynamic member of the Bin family - reflecting its evolving style, regional definition and the complexities of the many & varied clones of Pinot Noir.

The relationship between Penfolds and the cool climate, high altitude Adelaide Hills wine region continues to grow from strength-to-strength with the addition of Penfolds Bin 23 Pinot Noir, after the success and development of the Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir.

Like the Cellar Reserve, Bin 23 is cold-soaked, naturally fermented and goes through just one racking pre-bottling - off gross lees (Free-run only - no pressings included). The wine isn't fined, but it is filtered.

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The inaugural 2012 Penfolds Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir's name is derived from maturation Cellar 23 at Magill Estate. Bin 23 Pinot Noir is a bold, new addition to the Bin collection and promises to be a dynamic member of the Bin family - reflecting its evolving style, regional definition and the complexities of the many & varied clones of Pinot Noir.

The relationship between Penfolds and the cool climate, high altitude Adelaide Hills wine region continues to grow from strength-to-strength with the addition of Penfolds Bin 23 Pinot Noir, after the success and development of the Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir.

Like the Cellar Reserve, Bin 23 is cold-soaked, naturally fermented and goes through just one racking pre-bottling - off gross lees (Free-run only - no pressings included). The wine isn't fined, but it is filtered.

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

"The inaugural Penfolds Bin Pinot will amass more than its fair share of sceptics, and for no other reason than that it has “Penfolds” and “Pinot” on the same label. Understandably so, for the company that has done more to raise the profile of powerful, long-lived, oak-driven reds than any other in Australia. But this is the new Penfolds, a Penfolds that can craft a restrained Chardonnay as skilfully as it can assemble a formidably age-worthy Shiraz. And this is a Pinot, in all of its stewed beetroot, sour cherry, exotic spice and lifted floral glory. There’s just the right does of wood spice and fine oak tannin to remind us that this is Penfolds. But not the Penfolds we thought we knew. It’s Peter Gago off-piste. And I love that."

Tyson Stelzer, 1 April 2010, www.clearaboutwine.com.au

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Bright, crimson red.

Aroma

Expressive, perfumed. Overtly varietal – in youth, wafts of raspberry and strawberry fruit pastille rush to fill the aromatic spectrum. This vintage propels more florals (violet) than charcuterie … although cold lamb and savoury elements are still perceivable.

No oak to speak of …

Palate

The initial impression is soft and full at front of palate, generous middle. The influence of (subtle) oak initially acts as a conveyance for incarcerated flavours – wild raspberry, kirsch and cherry flavours reluctantly released. Tannins captured/encased by the wine’s youthful opulence, undoubtedly contributing to the wine’s persistence – some time after swallowing. Mouthfeel and texture befit that of this variety and source.

Food Matching

Twice cooked duck with star anise

Duck confit

Rabbit and pork terrine.

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