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Penfolds 

2020 Vintage Release

Newly released today, the latest releases from Penfolds are a compelling bunch in the strong 2020 Australian vintage. They have been received to unanimous praise from the critics below.

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ETA October 2022

2020 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

£199.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£254.87 Duty & VAT paid


The superb quality of fruit allocated in this luscious blend – dubbed by many as 'baby Grange' – represents probably the best value to be found in the Penfolds portfolio, and is the shining star of the reds in the 2022 Collection. Its rich and plush mixture of plum, black cherry and mulberry flavours are slapped into line by a stern tannin drill sergeant, so that it finishes cleanly and absolutely correctly. Generous, approachable and complete, it tells a very satisfying wine story. 2022-2045
97 points David Sly, Decanter

Looking in on the 389 can be "'can be," she says, parenthetically) a good insight into what we can expect from the upcoming Grange. Now, they are very different wines, no question, however, stylistically they have much in common and the illumination into the season that birthed the wines in each instance. Here, the 2020 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz has consummate polish and sleek tannins, imbued as they are with graphite, black tea, licorice and resin. The fruit is pure and black and chewy... gorgeous wine. And it lives for decades. This has always been a collector's dream and continues so through this vintage. Highly recommended. 2022-2047
96 points Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate

Drawn from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Padthaway, this is nothing short of an awesome Bin 389 and the Cabernet fruit that would have made it into both Bin 707 and Bin 169 had it been imperceptibly finer is shining like a beacon in this wine. The glorious flavours are so perfect and balanced, and there is spectacular refinement here. I have long since stopped looking for the weld between these two noble red grapes in this legendary The Great Australian Red blend because it is second nature for these two varieties to fuse perfectly in this wine.
19 points Matthew Jukes

Very rich, ripe and intense, this has plenty of depth and is one of the strongest statements of Penfolds’ house style. Rich vanillin and sweetly spicy American oak on the nose, with chocolate, blueberry, violet, blackberry and iodine notes. The palate delivers quite approachable and supple texture, smoothly fleshy and inviting. Flavors of blackberry, blackcurrant and mulberry abound. Deep and ripe finish with nutty tannins to close. A blend of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Padthaway. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
96 points Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
   
 

2020 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon

£220.00  per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£280.07 Duty & VAT paid


The beautiful nose is typically seductive: rich, full and confident, without ever being too heavy or blocky – the mark of Penfolds’ fastidious Cabernet Sauvignon selection from five separate regions. The palate glides along a silky, gossamer weave of vivid red and purple berries, and this glorious choir of luscious and supple fruits is supported by just a hint of wild herbs, a sprinkle of chocolate powder and tannins that support the impressive palate length. 2022-2040
96 points David Sly, Decanter
   
This 2020 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon is big and structural—the Cabernet character (the "Cabernosity" of the wine) sits behind a parapet of oak, and the tannins are finely knit and tightly clenched around the fruit. Unpicking the structure from the finish reveals smoked cassis, resinous char, star anise and sticky lamb fat. It's a big-shouldered, muscly wine. This is fierce and concentrated and will live an eon, but in my opinion, it lacks the finesse and poise that I want to see in Cabernet Sauvignon. The oak regimen—15 months in French (24% new) and American (12% new) hogsheads—and regional makeup has something to do with that: McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Padthaway and Wrattonbully. There are a lot of good Cabernet regions in there, but in combination, they lose their identities—although, that has long been the appeal with this wine. Choose your own adventure. 2022-2042
93 points Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate

Drawn from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Padthaway and Wrattonbully, this is a seriously focussed and complete Bin 407 with impressive length, and it manages to retain control to the very end. There was no Bin 169 or Bin 707 made in 2020, so this wine (and Bin 389 below) has scooped up the very best Cabernet from the estate, and there is no doubt it is a very special creature indeed. Delicious and savoury, the tannins pinch the palate, and it remains reassuringly dry and firm while on the finish, allowing the palate to open up beautifully on the nose. This is a huge success in 2020
18.5+ points Matthew Jukes

Strong statement of cabernet is the first impression, with violets, blueberries, blackcurrants, fresh leaves and herbs. I like the clarity here. The palate has such intense and rich fruit, with plush, polished and ripe blueberry and cassis flavors. Holds an impressively measured and balanced stance. A blend of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Padthaway and Wrattonbully. Drink or hold.
94 points Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

 

2020 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz

£200.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£256.07 Duty & VAT paid


It’s not the bruising behemoth that so often comes from this Barossa Valley sub-region, mainly because the acid line of this vintage is more pronounced, keeping the big blackberry and purple plum tones long, clean and nimble on the palate. A note of hoisin sauce heaviness licks the dark berries as the palate drives through to a dry finish that concludes with a dusting of spice among the tannins. 2022-2038
95 points David Sly, Decanter
   
The Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz has always been a dense, concentrated and muscly wine. Then imagine the overlay of a warm and dry vintage (for some context—26 days in a row over 35 degrees Celsius), the second in a string of warm, dry vintages. Yields were drastically down, up to 70% in some places, and the power of the reds in particular are a force to be reckoned with. So here, to 2020 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz: savory, spicy tannins form a casing around the fruit, the oak supporting from the back. There are notes of dark blackberry, blood plum, Nag Champa (clove tobacco), pink peppercorns and saturated fruit. There's a side of deli meat in there, too. If you can put aside the density and weight of the wine (impressive), the fruit is pure and beautiful. 2020 may have been responsible for brooding and concentrated wines, but I have found much to love in this year. This included. Sensational. 2022-2037
96 points Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate

Taut, firm and poised with a serious oak portcullis holding back the inevitable avalanche of fruit, this is a thrilling wine, and there is a noticeable link to Grange quality here, given that it is made from ‘relegated Grange fruit’. While it is rigid and upright, there is lovely definition here, and while it is a formal Bin 150, yet to relax and unwind, there is amazing potential here, and I feel it is yet another superstar wine containing epic fruit from this single hamlet address. There is no doubting that this will be a long-lived Bin 150.
18.5+ points Matthew Jukes

Deeply expressive and rich in dark plum and blackberry fruit, as well as iodine and tarry elements, this speaks so clearly to the warm and dry Marananga area of the Barossa Valley. Powerful dark fruit and tarry and savory notes on the palate, with bold and muscular tannins that carry the ripe black-fruit flavors so deep. Some licorice and sarsaparilla to close. Striking as always, this is a very composed Bin 150 with impressive poise. Best from 2026.
96 points Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

 

2020 Bin 128 Cabernet Shiraz

£109.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£146.87 Duty & VAT paid


In some years, this regional expression seems muted and awkward but the 2020 vintage shines, thanks to its longer, cooler ripening period. It’s the rounded, savoury entry that grabs your attention, with chewy texture adding presence and purpose, providing so much more than simple fruit satisfaction. The lean, sinewy muscle of the mid-palate keeps you intrigued, before it finishes with a lively white pepper prickle. 2022-2035
95 points David Sly, Decanter   

This fruit for the 2020 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz is from Coonawarra as usual, matured for 12 months in French hogsheads (20% new). The nose is aromatically layered with blood plum, raspberry, red licorice and blueberries and loaded with exotic spice and pink peppercorns. This is a gorgeous wine—totally supple and blue fruited, but all in balance with savory tannin. Elegance 101. For now, it is still frisky and energetic—give it a year to let it settle down. 2023-2032
92 points Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate

It is worth noting that even though there were extensive and well-documented wildfires in 2020, none of the Penfolds wines show traces of smoke taint. Bin 128 is always a leaner and more challenging wine than Bin 28, and it needs a little flesh around the middle to really sing. In 2020, it gets just that, and the result is a deliciously spicy volley of aromatics that includes some perky minty notes, followed by a rather gentler and smoother palate than usual. This silky texture is alluring and immediately pleasing, making this a welcoming and surprisingly generous Bin 128. Without this mid-palate amplitude, it would feel too pinched, but with it, this wine is expressive and intriguing, making it a worthy counterpart to the excellent, cross-regional blend Bin 28
17.5 points Matthew Jukes

This wine continues its ascent of quality and this 2020 vintage has appealing confidence in terms of fruit, showing concentration, depth, ripeness and presence. Aromas of red plum, mulberry and blackberry flow faithfully through to the palate. Supple, pliable tannins and an impressively elegant shape runs deep into the finish. A great Bin 128! Drink over the next decade or more.
94 points Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
 
 

2020 Bin 28 Shiraz

£95.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£130.07 Duty & VAT paid


The Barossa has the ability to convey a sense of place, dirt and air in the glass. The trick is to not get in the way—a cooper does not terroir make. Despite not being the dominant region in this blend (for specificity: McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Clare Valley), the Barossa makes a potent contribution. Here, in the 2020 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, the concentrated, dry and warm vintage is on show and provides a splay of earthy, dense fruit, stretched over a framework of savory tannin. Despite Penfolds's reputation for big tannins/big oak, the fruit here overpowers both and streams out over the long finish. The heart of Barossa is here. Very good. Will get better. 2022-2037
94+ points Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate

Drawn from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Clare Valley, this is a ‘warmer’, juicier, more intense and sweetly oaky, and these lush, broad brush traits make it a thoroughly enjoyable Bin 28. The American oak adds gloss and exoticism, and it looks suave and a little wild in the same breath. This is a classic Bin 28, bringing a rather daring precocity to proceedings while retaining a superbly classy finish, too. This is a very impressive wine.
18 points Matthew Jukes  

homage to warmer-region, South Australian shiraz, this has a rich and smooth delivery of ripe blackberries and red-to-dark plums on the nose. The wine has taken its 12 months in American oak (16% new) well and truly in its stride. Plush and suave mouth-feel here, this is effortless and a style that sits right in the Penfolds sweet spot. A blend of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Clare Valley. Drink or hold.
93 points Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com


 

2021 Bin 311 Chardonnay

£95.00 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£130.07 Duty & VAT paid


Fresh, clean and unadorned, this mod Australian Chardonnay is in unabashed naked form here. Volume on the fruit notes is turned down – white nectarines over lean grapefruit – and the focus is on the even, modulated mid-palate. It’s a long, easy ride through the flavours, held in check by fine-grained oak that promotes a lovely savoury lick at the finish. 2021-2028
93 points David Sly, Decanter
   
The Bin 311 Chardonnay is a multi-regional blend—all cool areas—and over time, the style has evolved from staunchly no new oak, to now a proportion of new oak (in 2021, 38%). The 2021 Bin 311 Chardonnay is toasty and creamy—a confluence of crushed cashew, pink grapefruit, yellow peach, red apple skins and apricot kernel. This is balanced and complete, a wine resplendent with polished phenolics, bright fruit and texture that starts from the very first and lingers through the long finish. Excellent. 2022-2032
93+ points Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate

Refined, restrained, pure and pristinely clean, this is a precision-cut Chardonnay, and it is zingy and exceptionally dynamic. This is not a grand wine, nor is it particularly layered, but it is tremendously invigorating and deliciously lip-smacking, and these twin traits are rewarded with a mighty score.
18.5 points Matthew Jukes

Very attractive, fresh white peaches and yellow citrus fruit, coupled with assertive but well-married oak influence adding grilled-hazelnut and spicy elements. The palate holds an intense core of fresh peach fruit and a gently creamy build into the long, well-composed finish. Drink or hold.
93 points Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com



 

 

 

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

South Australia experienced the second consecutive year of winter drought. Spring was cool and dry, conditions that continued well into November delaying flowering and fruit-set. With soil moisture levels well below average, irrigation was vital. Clare Valley had the driest winter in 120 years. Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Padthaway and the Barossa Valley experienced frosts in September that affected yields. The 2019 calendar year was the driest on record in the Barossa Valley. The beginning of December was marked by a state-wide heatwave. In all, the Barossa Valley had 26 summer days recorded over 35°C. Irrigation was crucial to managing the summer heat stress. Conditions in January and February provided some welcome relief. McLaren Vale had above average rainfall in February, which ensured the vines were able to finish the remainder of the season in good shape. While bunch weights and berry numbers were generally low across the regions, the harvest produced some outstanding parcels of shiraz.

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