Bin 51 was created in the 1990s as part of the evolving Penfolds white wine development program. The first vintage in 1999 was labelled Eden Valley Reserve Bin Riesling. The evolution of Penfolds Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling opens another chapter in a long history of Penfolds involvement in winemaking from this variety.
Winter rainfall was plentiful, ensuring optimal soil moisture profiles leading into spring. Conditions during spring and summer were significantly cooler than average with no summer heatwaves recorded. This is something of a luxury for white winemakers, allowing for an extended slow ripening period leading into an orderly harvest. The extra hang-time allowed for terrific varietal flavour and aroma development, with the retention of racy natural acidity. A tremendous vintage for riesling.
Peter joined the winemaking team in 1989, initially in the craftsmanship of sparkling wines, before moving on to reds as Penfolds Red Wine Maker. In 2002 Peter became the fourth ever Chief Winemaker for Penfolds. Together with his fellow winemakers, Peter’s careful custodianship has ensured that Grange and the other ‘older’ members of the Penfolds family, have continued to set the benchmark for their style and quality, while new additions to the range push the boundaries ever wider.
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