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78 Penfold Rd, Magill, 5072

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Penfolds is Australia's most famous red wine producer and has substantial vineyards in many regions including the Adelaide Hills.

The Adelaide Hills fruit in recent years has been mainly used for their trials with Pinot Noir and developing a funky modern super-premium Reserve Chardonnay (Bin A). The 2005 vintage was so good that the ultra-premium Yattarna Chardonnay came entirely from Adelaide Hills fruit.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Penfolds Reserve Bin 12A Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($95)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, 100% malo, perfumed, rich and creamy yellow peach, nectarine and apricot with lemon cheesecake nuances and plenty of gunflint sulphides, good lemony acidity cut through the opulence, deft balance and focussed line, minerally finish with spicy cashew/smoked bacon oak, from a very good vintage but give some breathing time to blow off the sulphides (****1/2)

Penfolds Bin 09A Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($A95)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, ripe and rich heavily worked style showing white nectarine, melon and pineapple with matchstick flintiness, creamy and leesy palate with a touch of lemon curd, powerful and expansive palate, the savoury oak brings smoked bacon aspects to the finish along with lots of toasty spice, needs a touch more acid drive to cut through all this opulence (****1/2)

Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($120)

Drink: 2018+

(GXY) Tasting:  Nov 2012, 2012 Trophy Winner for James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge, mixture of Adelaide Hills and Tasmanian Derwent Valley fruit, highly perfumed, shapely and lingering core of rich lemon blossom, peach and lime fruit is seamlessly woven with the grapefruit acidity, light touch of matchstick, dusty phenolics with the clove/vanilla oak influence pulled back from the previous oaky style, wasn’t my favourite in the Challenge XI but is a very good example of the fuller Chardonnay style (*****)

Penfolds Cellar Reserve Adelaide Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting:  Nov 2012, from a single vineyard at Balhannah, aromatic citrus blossom, granny smith apple and white peach, creamy mouthfeel , the spicy roast almond/clove oak makes its presence felt  on the end along with some dusty, savoury phenolics, good length  (****)

Penfolds Reserve Bin09A Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($85)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, from three growers in the Adelaide Hills, generous, funky and smoky white nectarine, melon and apple with matchstick flintiness and slaty minerality, creamy and leesy palate with a touch of lemon curd, very long palate with penetrating grapefruit rind acidity, the savoury oak brings macadamia and smoked bacon aspects to the finish (****1/2)

Penfolds Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, not fined, concentrated, perfumed and silky maraschino cherry and dark plums with rose petal, musk, clove and leather notes, medium bodied-full bodied with earthy rhubarb aspects, fairly sweet and spicy cedar-vanilla oak, firm acids, a touch too extractive for me (***1/2)

Penfolds Adelaide Pinot Gris 2007

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, sourced from the Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley, textured and minerally style with a slight oily mouth feel, spicy pear and apple with nougat, rose petal and honeysuckle notes, well balanced orange rind acidity, leans towards the richer Alsatian style than the current glut of lean café quaffers (****)

Penfolds Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, this is mainly sourced from the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, fermented and matured in large oak vats, ripe and slightly forward melon, lemon and green apple flavours, creamy mid-palate with some savoury notes, lightly toasted cedar-vanilla oak and a chalky malic acid finish (***1/2)

Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2005

Purchased:Not ($120)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, commonly quipped the ‘White Grange’ this super-premium is usually a multi-region blend but the Adelaide Hills fruit was so good in this mild vintage that it all came from there, balanced melon, cumquat and grapefruit flavours, the smooth palate (but no malo) shows nougat and almond aspects with plenty of flinty oyster shell minerality, chalky phenolic finish with great length and nice toasty French oak, Yattarna is indigenous for ‘little by little, gradually’ which is a fair summation of Penfolds long held ambition to make a white that is as good as its super-premium reds, they are almost there and this time have avoided the mistake of over-working a good fruit set with every possible bit of winecraft (****1/2)

Penfolds Reserve Bin 06A Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($80)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, Penfolds gets funky with this wild yeast fermented and unfiltered Adelaide Hills Chardonnay mainly sourced from the Piccadilly Valley, lively lychee and grape fruit aromas although the punchy palate is more in the white peach, melon and nectarine spectrum typical of the region, creamy and yeasty with lemon curd aspects, savoury macadamia nut oak with a flinty mineral backbone (****)

Penfolds Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased:Not ($45)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, unfined and unfiltered with about 25% whole bunch input, black cherry with smoked meat, rhubarb, soy and olive notes, medium-full bodied with some stalky aspects but well controlled, earthy and minerally with firmish astringent tannins and slightly charry French oak, still a work in progress but is heading the right way (***1/2)

Penfolds Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased:Not $43

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: October 2006, intense nose of maraschino and sour cherry, raspberry and plum flavoured palate with earthy cedar oaking, still quite tannic and acidic, and the intensity of the flavours at the moment mask secondary spice complexity, one to try again in three or four years (***1/2)