Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2013 Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling has very pretty scents of orange blossom and jasmine adorning an attractive core of limes and acacia honey. Dry, light-bodied and very clean on the palate, it has a long, citrus finish. Approachable now, there were only 554 bottles produced. Drink it now to 2020+. (Feb 2014)
The Eden Valley, a sub-region of the Barossa 450 metres above sea level, provides both. Similar conditions can be found in the classical riesling regions of Alsace, Austria, the Mosel and the Rhine. The Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling, with its pristine fruit quality, natural energy and fine acid backbone, is a powerful, dry Eden Valley-style riesling.
At harvest the vineyards are triaged according to fruit profile, resulting in wines that are very floral with beautiful rose petal/camomile aromas, impressive concentration and mouth-watering natural acidity. There are nuances of lime – a regional characteristic. However, this is a wine that has both power and delicacy; reflecting the pure, unadulterated perfume of riesling and the mineral smell and flavours of the vineyard site.
|King fish carpaccio
As an aperitif
Spinach salad with goats cheese, strawberries and pistachio nuts
|Australia’s winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds’ influence on Australia’s winemaking psyche.
Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.
Penfolds’ reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.
If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.