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Penfolds Bin 23 Pinot Noir Tasmania hills henty 2019
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Penfolds Bin 23 Pinot Noir Tasmania hills henty 2019

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An immediate ascent of delicate white strawberry and white raspberry pastille fruits. Yes, overtly cool-climate pinot noir. Quickly following, a garnish of fresh thyme flowers and Hungarian sweet paprika. And something else, admittedly hard to identify – an aroma lying somewhere between saffron and mustard seed. If only spectrophotometer could ... !?! Oak? Perhaps a scent of star anise may be a link? Upon sitting, the faintest waft of pencil shavings confirms a definite Quercus robur or sessiliflora connection.

PALATE Medium-bodied. Weight and texture no doubt positively influenced by an appealing glycerolic contribution. Felt like, rather than velvety tannins, with cherry and strawberry fruits inducing a refreshing mouth-watering/salivating grip. ‘Underneath’ - impressions of tilled wet-earth and aligned parsnip/turnip (kohlrabi) flavours. Oak imparts a structural rather than a flavour imprint – was that 17% or 0.17% new oak