• Country ranking ?

  • Producer ranking ?

  • Decanting time

  • When to drink

    now to 2040

The Tb points given to this wine are the world’s most valid and most up-to-date evaluation of the quality of the wine. Tastingbook points are formed by the Tastingbook algorithm which takes into account the wine ratings of the world's 50 best-known professional wine critics, wine ratings by thousands of tastingbook’s professionals and users, the generally recognised vintage quality and reputation of the vineyard and winery. Wine needs at least five professional ratings to get the Tb score. Tastingbook.com is the world's largest wine information service which is an unbiased, non-commercial and free for everyone.

Read more


Led by 2016 Penfolds Grange and a superlative g4, Penfolds, the flagship wine brand under Treasury Wine Estates, has officially unveiled the new 2020 collection in Hong Kong. 

Described as “sophisticated and sculptured”, the 2016 Grange “may politely nudge the classic 2004 and 2010. It would be brazen to rank any further back into the last millennium”, comments Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker.

Adding to this year’s release, Penfolds launched a new wine blended from four vintages of Grange, aptly named Penfolds g4, following previous release of g3. The wine is a blend of four Granges, namely 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2016 vintages.

“These four Grange vintages are amongst our favourites of the last two decades. All so different – in every sense, not just climatically. The synergistic blending of these vintages worked perfectly from a quality, structural and style perspective”, says Gago. Only 2,500 bottles were filled, and the wine carries a retail price tag of AU$3,500 (US$2,530) each.

This year, the Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz commemorates the 60th anniversary since it was first made in 1960 by Max Schubert. Gago reflects on the significance of Bin 389 saying, “Put simply, Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz manifests all that is Penfolds … a wine that so many of us have grown with. This style extolls the wisdom of blending, as it does the synergies afforded by varietal and sourcing freedom.”

The Cabernet stable broadens this year with the sixth release of Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet, a contemporary 2018 expression of Cabernet which is released only in exceptional years. 

“This 100% Cabernet dutifully puts its hand up to help champion the region” says Gago. “Vying for Bin 707 quality fruit its Coonawarra badge and French oak lodgings hold sway. Built differently, dressed differently”. Altogether different is the 2017 St Henri, a “masterclass of texture with silky, polished tannins” described by the company.

Not to be overshadowed by the reds, the four white wines released in this Collection continue to excite Penfolds winemakers. The 2019 release of Bin 311 Chardonnay, according to Gago, “struts across a wider cool-climate stage. An awakened and enlightened blend”. Other whites in the range include the 2018 Yattarna, 2018 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay and 2020 Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling.

The Penfolds Collection 2020 includes:

  • 2016 Grange  
  • 2018 Yattarna
  • 2018 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2018 RWT Bin 798 Barossa Valley Shiraz
  • 2018 Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2018 Magill Estate Shiraz
  • 2017 St Henri Shiraz
  • 2019 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
  • 2018 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
  • 2018 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2018 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz
  • 2018 Bin 28 Shiraz
  • 2018 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz
  • 2018 Bin 138 Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mataro
  • 2019 Bin 23 Pinot Noir
  • 2019 Bin 311 Chardonnay
  • 2020 Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling

Read more

The Story

Since 1844, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking with a history and heritage that profoundly reflects Australia’s journey from colonial settlement to the modern era. The stories and philosophies behind each label bring a timeless quality, making Penfolds wines special and compelling for collectors and drinkers the world over.

Launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage, Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay was the result of one of the most comprehensive and highly publicised wine development programs ever conducted in Australia. The aspiration and independence of mind that the late Max Schubert brought to Penfolds winemaking philosophy inspired the winery to embark on the project of creating a white wine that would one day rival the standards of Penfolds Grange.Yattarna reflects Penfolds patience and continued commitment to this goal, its very name being drawn from the Aboriginal, meaning 'little by little, gradually'. Each vintage provides the opportunity to further raise the quality horizon.

Read more

Wine Information

“Arguably ... on par with the exceptional 2012 and 2017 vintages of Yattarna –this release certainly has the potential to befit a classic designation!.”

Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Very pale straw with lime green hues

A pedigreed stylistic first alert – subtle flint, more rock-flint than struck-match.
A mist of limey citrus, curry leaf and hints of white peach. Quite an exotic ascent... no need to coax from glass via a vigorous swirl.
Understated spoils of cool-climate, barrel-fermented chardonnay – a lovely waxiness, whiff of cashew, and subtle creaminess.
A Southern-Hemisphere reflection extolling Burgundian restraint, temperament.

At once, substantial flavour coupled with a textural dynamic; mouth-filling, engulfing – opens up aka mid-symphony, no instrument idle.
White stone fruits – just ripe nectarine and freshly-sliced peach, and the most subtle adornment of oak and zesty acidity.
A wonderful line struts across the mid-palate, not brazenly, yet with real purpose/destination and persistence.
Amplified innate potential; beautifully poised and defined.
More? Enough will not be enough.

Read more

Vintage 2018

All three regions enjoyed a relatively wet winter and spring, setting the vines up with healthy soil moisture profiles for the ensuing growing season. Tasmania experienced clear and generally warm conditions from January onwards, with no extreme heat spells leading into harvest. The temperature only breached 35°C once in January, resulting in optimal conditions for ripening. 


Tumbarumba had plentiful rainfall right up to December, when a dry spell set in. In February, temperatures were generally cool allowing for slow, consistent ripening. The Adelaide Hills fruit-set was slightly above average. The region experienced a warm finish to the growing season, however well-developed canopies shielded the fruit from adversity and ensured the berries ripened evenly. Harvest was an orderly affair across the three regions, with chardonnay exhibiting outstanding varietal characteristics with bracing natural acidity.

Read more

Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

Be the first one to make a 20s tasting note!

Written Notes

There was a time when the Reserve Bin A contended with Yattarna for accolades as Penfold's top white of the vintage (a little bit apples v oranges as the Yattarna always has an extra year when released), but for several vintages, Yattarna has been unchallenged. And so it is this release, hardly surprising as the 2018 will challenge for the title of all time best Yattarna. What a wine!

A blend of Tasmania, Tumbarumba and the Adelaide Hills fruit. Eight months in French oak barriques, 60% new.

This is a complex, balanced, complete Chardonnay. Ideal oak integration, almost invisible. Spices, peaches, nectarine and if you look hard enough, a hint of grilled cashews. Coiled power, fine acidity and great length. Elegance personified. This is a brilliant Yattarna. 97.

  • 97p

Light, green yellow colour. Rich and toasty nose with charmingly fresh tropical fruity aromas, vivid mintiness and some buttery popcorn notes. Dry and vibrant mouthfeel has very sophisticated new oak flavour that combines well with fresh fruitiness. Very long and lingering aftertaste charms with elegance and harmony. Very appealing wine that drinks well today but will evolve beautifully for next decades. Decant for 2 hours prior enjoying and serve at 10-12°C with Lobster Thermidor or grilled skate. JL 96p (12/2020)

  • 96p

Pale gold. Elegant style wine with high pitched nectarine, melon aromas with flinty complexity. Intense pure lime grapefruit nectarine flavours, fine looseknit al-dente/ chalky textures, lovely mid-palate richness, underlying savoury oak complexity and fresh persistent crunchy acidity. Expressive and pure fruited with superb vinosity and mineral length. Needs time to uncoil and further develop. Seal; screwcap 2022 – 2032 13% alc 96 points
An austere yet voluminous Chardonnay where less is more. A highly individual and expressive wine that needs a few years to develop more complexity and richness. Judging by the recent Penfolds Rewards of Patience tastings, the wine promises a lot more with further bottle age.
Tasmania, Tumbarumba, Adelaide Hills
Eight months in 60% new and 40% seasoned French oak barriques

  • 96p
Load more notes



Magill, South Australia

Other wines from this producer

50-Year-Old Rare Tawny Series 3

Bin 128 Shiraz

Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz

Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz

Bin 19A Reserve Bin Chardonnay

Bin 23 Pinot Noir

Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvedre

Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon

Bin 62

Bin 620

Bin 798 RWT Shiraz

Bin 7 Coonawarra Cabernet Kalimna Shiraz

Bin 820

Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 90 A

Bin 920 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon

Block 42 Kalimna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Cellar Reserve Fiano

Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir

Cellar Reserve Sangiovese

Cellar Reserve Tempranillo



Grange Hermitage

Koonunga Hill Cabernet Shiraz

Koonunga Hill Chardonnay

Magill Estate Shiraz

Max's Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 138 GMS

Penfolds Bin 138 Grenache Mourvèdre Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 169

Penfolds Bin 23 Pinot Noir

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 311

Penfolds Bin 407

Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling

Penfolds Bin 60A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 707

Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

Penfolds Bluestone Grand Tawny

Penfolds Grandfather's Tawny

Penfolds Great Grandfather's Tawny

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

Penfolds Reserve Bin 09A Chardonnay

Penfolds RWT


Rawson's Retreat

Rawson's Retreat Bin 202 Riesling

Rawson's Retreat Merlot

Rawson's Retreat Riesling

Rawson's Retreat Shiraz Cabernet

Reserve Bin 17A Chardonnay

Reserve Bin 5A

Reserve Bin A

Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

RWT Shiraz

Series One 50 Year Old Port

Special BIN 111A Shiraz

St Henri Shiraz

Thienot x Penfolds Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Thienot x Penfolds Blanc de Noir Champagne

Thienot x Penfolds Vintage Champagne

Thomas Hyland Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Thomas Hyland Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage Fortified


Latest news

TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS BWW- Best Wine of the World 2021 Competition's Winners have been selected! / - the Best wine in the world is Château Mouton-Rothschild 2018
WINERY NEWS Stony Hill / HEITZ CELLAR OWNER BUYS STONY HILL Gaylon Lawrence, the owner of Heitz, and Carlton McCoy MS, Hei  more ...
WINERY NEWS Domaine Leflaive / Legendary California winery Williams Selyem will hand over control to a French producer One of th  more ...
VINTAGE NEWS: 1985 / Bordeaux / The year 1985 was a tremendous vintage. Extremely cold winter followed by extremely   more ...
VINTAGE NEWS: 1945 / Tastingbook’s TOP 10 wines from 1947&1945 tasting  (66 wines tasted) 1. Chât  more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Mouton-Rothschild / Xu Bing illustrates the label of Château Mouton Rothschild 2018 Each year since 1945, a fam  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Champagne Magazine's 100 Best Champagnes for 2021! / The world's only Champagne magazine and tastingbook.com select the World's Best Champagnes – The winner is Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2008
VINTAGE NEWS: 1990 / 1982 versus 1990 Bordeaux When you receive an invitation to a comparative tasting of all Premier   more ...
WINERY NEWS Tyrrell's Wines / 2020 Vintage: A Statement from Bruce Tyrrell Tyrrell’s has made the decision to have a seve  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS BWW2020 received over 3 million votes! / The most voted wine is Penfolds Grange 2015
VINTAGE NEWS: 2010 / Vintage Reports by Château Latour and Lafite:  After a mild and rainy autumn 2009, r  more ...
VINTAGE NEWS: 1945 / Tastingbook’s TOP 10 wines from 1947&1945 tasting  (66 wines tasted) 1. Chât  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS BWW 2020 - Best Wine Shop of the World have been selected  / Millésima from France is the Winner.
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS ROBERT PARKER’S ‘MAGICAL 20’ THRIVING IN 2020 / Buyers who took a punt on Robert Parker’s ‘Magical 20’ Bordeaux wines from the 2009 vintage would be looking at average gains of 40% today, according to Liv-ex.
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the Institute of Masters of Wine / Neil Hadley MW has become the first Australian to head the Institute of Masters of Wine
WINE NEWS: Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2010 / CASTILLO YGAY, CHOSEN AS BEST GRAN RESERVA IN THE WORLD Falstaff magazine, one of the most presti  more ...
WINE NEWS: Grange Hermitage 1951 / Penfolds' chief winemaker reveals the secret to the perfect plonk after bottle of the famous Gra  more ...
WINERY NEWS Krug / At Krug, each individual plot, through its wine, is considered to be a fine musician contributing it  more ...

Wine Moments

Here you can see wine moments from tastingbook users. or to see wine moments from your world.
Incorrect Information
If you found some information that is wrong, let us know
Are you sure you want do delete this wine? All information will be lost.
Are you sure you want to recommend this wine?
Are you sure you want hide this written note ?
Are you sure you want show this written note ?


We recommend you to share few minutes for watching the following video instructions of how to use the Tastingbook. This can provide you a comprehensive understanding of all the features you can find from this unique service platform.

This video will help you get started

Taste wines with the Tastingbook

Create Your wine cellar on 'My Wines'

Explore Your tasted wines library

Administrate Your wine world in Your Profile

Type a message ...
Register to Tastingbook
Register now, it's fast, easy and totally free. No commitments, only enjoyments.