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The Collection

One of my first experiences of Australian wine was a bottle of 1988 Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz. I was hooked, there and then. Things have come a long way since the early nineties and there is now a huge range of Australian wine available in the UK. What's remarkable though, is how Penfolds has managed to maintain and even grow it's reputation for producing impressive volumes of wine at the highest quality. Distribution has been tightly controlled for years so I'm delighted to have secured an allocation of the best wines, for the very first time.

2016 Grange

36 Bot @ £1995 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£2410.07 duty & VAT paid

The 2016 Grange includes 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and was sourced from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley, with a little bit from Magill Estate, in the suburbs of Adelaide. Aged in 100% new American oak (as always), it offers up trademark lifted aromas plus scents of vanilla, toasted coconut, cedar, raspberries and blackberries. Impressively concentrated and full-bodied, with an extraordinarily long, velvety finish, it's nevertheless reasonably fresh and tight, with decades of cellaring potential if properly stored. Certainly at least on a par with such vintages as 2010 and 2012, the big question is whether it will ultimately reach triple digits. 2025-2050
99 points Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate


2018 Bin 144 Yattarna Chardonnay

18 Bot @ £495 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£610.07 duty & VAT paid

A blend of Tasmania, Tumbarumba and Adelaide Hills fruit, this has an intense, stony and mineral freshness with a flinty edge and a wealth of lemon sherbet, white peaches and crushed stones on the nose. Oak is deeply buried. The palate has such striking and intense depth. It’s layered and long and really asserts itself as the most complex and most powerful chardonnay in this release. The depth and pristine grade of fruit here are impressive. Deep, pithy finish. Drink over the next eight years. Screw cap.
96 points James Suckling

2018 Bin 798 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz

60 Bot @ £435 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£538.07 duty & VAT paid

Sourced only from the Barossa Valley, RWT is aged exclusively in French oak, giving it two major points of difference from the rest of the Penfolds range. Always a sexy, voluptuous wine (and admittedly a personal favorite), the 2018 RWT Shiraz ratchets that up to new heights in a great Barossa vintage, boasting layers of berry-like fruit, refined vanilla shadings and baking-spice notes, plus more exotic elements like star anise and cocoa powder. It's full-bodied and plush without being unstructured in any way, with a lingering, complex finish and the concentration to age two decades or more. 2022-2040
98 points Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

2017 Magill Estate Shiraz

18 Bot @ £450 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£556.07 duty & VAT paid

Attractive wet stones and almost flinty notes, ahead of a very refined core of spice-wrapped red and black cherries, as well as praline and toffee. The palate has a very succulent feel. The acidity sits up in vibrant style and there’s a fine, succulent and long, refined finish. Oak rides up, but this always needs time after release. There’s replanting in the 5-ish hectare plot, so quantities are low for a spell here. 2025+
95 points James Suckling

2016 Magill Estate Shiraz

60 Bot @ £450 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£556.07 duty & VAT paid

The 2016 Shiraz Magill Estate aged in 100% new oak (70% French and 30% American), which has left its cedary, vanilla mark on the wine, but in a balanced, harmonious way. It's a full-bodied wine, with big berry fruit and lavish oak, yet those components are wonderfully judged, coming together in a fine, elegant wine that showcases the brand's home estate in the Adelaide suburbs. With only 15 cases for the United States, it will be tough to track down. 2020-2035
96 points Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

2017 St Henri Shiraz

24 Bot @ £320 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£400.07 duty & VAT paid

This has a very impressive, intense nose with a cool and spicy edge, as well as aromas of red flowers and fresh raspberries, set amid some wild-herb tones. The palate has very expressive raspberry and cranberry flavors, delivered among fine, crunchy and lithe, juicy tannins. The palate has a deep, red-plum core that’s quite tautly contained and wrapped up neatly for some time to come. Try this from 2025. 
95 points James Suckling

2019 Bin A Chardonnay

12 Bot @ £255 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£322.07 duty & VAT paid

Hand picked, whole-bunch pressed, part direct to barriques for wild ferment and 100% mlf, the balance via tank for brief settling before 8 months in French oak (80% new). A beautifully detailed chardonnay, white peach and pink grapefruit plus supple creamy cashew run through the very long palate. Rubs shoulders with the best in the land. Now-2030
98 points James Halliday


2017 Bin A Chardonnay

30 Bot @ £255 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£322.07 duty & VAT paid

Hand-picked, wild fermentation and 100% mlf in French barriques (40% new). Easy to see how it swept all before it at the Sydney Wine Show '18, Superb gravitas, chiselled like a marble Roman statue. Amazing poise and length, acidity the key to the kingdom. Now-2027
98 points James Halliday

2018 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

12 Bot @ £200 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£256.07 duty & VAT paid

A blend of 57% cabernet sauvignon and 43% shiraz, this has a very impressively complete feel, a hallmark of the 2018 vintage wines, and there’s a myriad of characters with cabernet’s cedary and gently herbal notes sitting atop a core of rich red-plum and dark-berry shiraz fruit aromas. So integrated. The palate has a very silky texture, so plush and polished with a wealth of rich and intense dark-plum, dark-berry and blackcurrant flavors. The oak is completely soaked with ripe, fresh fruit. This is a great Bin 389. Drink over the next two decades.
97 points James Suckling

2018 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

60 Bot @ £96 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£131.27 duty & VAT paid

A strong vintage for warmer-climate shiraz and this wine is certainly reaping the benefits. The nose has such eclectic fruit aromas that run a full spectrum, from the lighter spiced red-fruit aromas to red plums, through blue fruit to darker blackberries and plums. The palate has impressively layered flavors that run the same broad spectrum as seen on the nose and the tannins are so well groomed and run very, very long. Holds fruit flavor deep. Will age very well for 15-plus years. Drink or hold. 
94 points James Suckling

2019 Bin 311 Chardonnay

60 Bot @ £95 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£130.07 duty & VAT paid

This is a blend of three regions, Tasmania, Tumbarumba and Adelaide Hills. It’s Tasmania that really powers this wine in 2019. Opens on a chalky and stony edge with intense, vibrant white-peach and citrus aromas. The palate has a resolved, complete and smooth-honed texture. Flavors of ripe peaches, honey and citrus sit amid fresh, crisp acidity and a long, attractively pithy grapefruit and peach finish. Drink over the next five years. 
94 points James Suckling

2018 Bin 311 Chardonnay

60 Bot @ £95 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£130.07 duty & VAT paid

This moves into refined and very striking style with a wealth of lemons, white peaches and nectarines on offer, as well as nicely curated hazelnut-oak. The smoothly honed palate has deep-set peach flavors and a succulent, cool-mineral and grapefruit finish. The finest Bin 311 to date.
95 points James Suckling
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