History. It’s an indelible part of the Penfolds 'House Style' and iconic Australian wines like Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz, Bin 128 Coonawarra Shirazand the world-famous Grange. But while chief winemaker Peter Gago is proud to be part of a 171-year tradition, he also understands he needs to be both custodian and innovator. It’s this blend of new and old that makes the 2015 Penfolds Collection a compelling release for wine drinkers everywhere. We invite you to learn more about some of this year’s Penfolds Collection wines.
One of the world’s great red wines, Grange has come to not only represent Penfolds on the world stage, but Australia too. The 61st consecutive Grange release, the 2011 vintage is only the sixth all-shiraz Grange. Aged entirely in new American barrels for 17 months, the latest member of this distinguished group is a powerful, complex wine that will continue to evolve till 2045. The epitome of Penfolds’ multi-vineyard and multi-region blending philosophy
Although many Australian cellars have been built on the 'blue chip' shiraz duo of Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz and Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz, newer releases speak to Penfolds’ progressive spirit. Described by Gago as 'sleek and defined', the 2013 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz ages Barossa shiraz in French oak rather than the American oak conventionally used. The 2012 St Henri Shiraz is aged in old, large-format wood to produce a fruitier wine still, while the 2013 Magill Estate Shiraz is sourced entirely from Penfolds’ spiritual home at Magill, in the foothills of the Adelaide Hills.
Hailed as the king of red grapes, cabernet sauvignon is the other key varietal of The Penfolds Collection. A counterpoint to the shiraz-dominant Grange, the 2013 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon not only marks 50 years since the wine’s first vintage in 1964, but is also the first Bin 707 to be made predominantly with grapes from the Adelaide Hills. The 2013 Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon reaffirms Penfolds’ commitment to cool-climate winemaking.
Although its reputation was built on the successes of its red wine, Penfolds has also invested significantly in its white wine program too. The latest chapter in Penfolds’ much-publicised 'White Grange' project, 2013 Yattarna is another celebration of cool-climate chardonnay with Tasmanian fruit, again, strongly represented. 'Concise, complex and complete', the 2014 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay is another single-vineyard triumph while the 2014 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay is the 10th successive release of this elegant, regional wine.
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