Penfolds has long been cherished by wine-lovers the world over.
Founded in 1844 by a young English doctor, Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold, vine cuttings from the south of France were planted around the site of the modest stone cottage he built with his wife Mary at Magill, on the outskirts of Adelaide.
Following Dr Penfold’s death in 1870, the vineyards and winery continued to be very capably run by Mary, who had been fundamental in their establishment and development from the very beginning. After her death, full responsibility for the continued success of the company was passed to her daughter and son-in-law Georgina and Thomas Hyland – and then eventually passed on to their two sons and two daughters.
Penfolds continues to innovate in winemaking. The Yattarna project of the 1990s has led to an expansion of the white wine portfolio of Penfolds. Two white wines now sit proudly in the Bin range – Bin 311 Chardonnay and Bin 51 Riesling – and a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc joined the Koonunga Hill range.
In 2004, Penfolds released two Special Bin wines – Kalimna Block 42 and Bin 60A, offering these unique wines to wine-lovers en primeur. The Thomas Hyland range adopted the Adelaide appellation and launched two new wines, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Riesling.
Sourcing the Penfolds Thomas Hyland wines from the Adelaide winegrowing region showcases the finest wines that the Adelaide region can produce from the only winery that truly calls Adelaide home.
Thirty years after the inaugural vintage of Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet, Penfolds released Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet from the 2006 vintage as an homage to the original wine.
From humble beginnings in the 1950s, Grange has maintained its place as Australia’s most prestigious red wine over four decades. An Australian icon, Grange represents a tradition in winemaking that is totally uncompromising.
Grange is both Penfolds and Australia's most famous wine and is officially listed as a heritage icon of South Australia.
Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climate of South Australia.
Penfolds Grange displays fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes in combination with new American oak. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as the most consistent of the world's great wines. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds' multivineyard, multi-district blending philosophy.
Grange is both Penfolds' and arguably Australia's most famous wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia.
Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climate of South Australia. Penfolds Grange displays fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes in combination with new American oak. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as the most consistent of the world's great wines.
The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds' multivineyard, multi-district blending philosophy. The first 100% shiraz Grange since 1963, and an excellent follow on to the 1998 vintage.
A mouthfilling, generous and expansive palate, as expected of this marque. Dark chocolate and plum fruits court a deceptive play of substantial ripe tannins and, at this relatively early stage, provide for a more powerful Grange stamp on the palate than on the nose.
Oak plays a supportive role and is perfectly integrated and absorbed. This is a wine of admirable balance and poise, with trademark mid-palate richness.
A rich, full-flavoured and concentrated wine with complex rum/raisin dark chocolate, liquorice, quince paste and dried fruit notes. Prominent, well integrated tannins align with oak (all but soaked up by the fruits) to create a lingering continuum of flavour.
Enticingly fragrant yet at once Grange - elements of cola, bay leaf, malt, Indian spices and nougat. An ethereal oriental lift of glazed Peking Duck is interspersed with fermented black Chinese tea.
Oak at one with the wine, other aromatics unite to create a continuum of spice and fruit. Impressive. Seamless refined. Classic Grange structure - tight, defined and balanced with slatey/sandy tannins. Saturated fruits - blackberry and concentrated Satsuma plum skin.
A darkened flavour theme of chocolate, liquorice and fermented black Chinese tea mask any overt presence of new oak, courting a long, effortless finish. Intense, powerful. The wait for this Grange release has indeed been worthwhile - arguably the finest vintage since Mother Nature's endowment of a number of stellar 1990s vintages.
Certainly stylistically in the mould of the wonderful 1990 and 1996 vintages.
Complex and tightly structured, with intense lime and grapefruit on the front palate, which slowly changes into a mixture of citrus and pear. Finely chiseled acidity, cedary oak and lees yeastiness give excellent depth and graciously offset the richly textured underlying fruit. Finely interwoven and seamlessly presented, this is a standout Chardonnay of impeccable pedigree with an extended, elegant finish.
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