Recently, I have come to realize that the 1995 Adelaide Hills Trial Bin was one of the wines that was an experiment as a possibility for Penfolds White Grange (according the the public, not Penfolds) which ultimately resulted in the Yatarnna Bin 144 Chardonnay. Plus some of the wine auction houses I was talking with expressed interest in selling this wine at auction and that peaked my curiosity. I decided it was worth trying a bottle to see if it was still good. After all, it was selling for between $25 - $30 per bottle on the secondary market.
I was still hopeful because the wine had a beautiful golden color to it, and their was no obvious fault when visualizing the wine. However, it had lost much of its flavor and had a metallic taste to it. It tasted like someone had squeezed a melon onto a piece of sheet metal and licked it. (I am imagining this is what it would have tasted like - I have not actually done this!) You could tell this was a fine wine in its time, but had oxidized too much. I still managed a few sips with dinner to try to figure out what it would have been like without the fault, but we left 2/3rds of the bottle and mostly had water with dinner.
I am hopeful that the remaining three bottles of this wine may have traveled better than this one did. Cork variability can be quite large. Recently about two weeks apart, I had two bottles of the 2003 Blueberry Hills Pinot Noir and the second one was significantly better than the first one (as described in post). Since both Pinot Noirs had been stored properly and in exactly the same manner, the difference could only be attributable to the difference in cork structure. Therefore, I will try each bottle of the 1995 Penfolds Adelaide hills Semillon Trial Bin and hopefully one or two of the remaining three bottles will be real gems!