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Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style. Cellar Reserve Barossa Valley Durif is sourced from a single-vineyard in the Barossa Valley. This wine introduces the debut appearance of this varietal from Penfolds. It is a unique expression of Durif, conveying characters of black fruits, spice and tamed tannins, replete with a definitive Penfolds stamp.
Typical of Penfolds Durif, never searching for descriptors given the saturation. Aniseed, chestnut leather upholstery and rotisserie lamb (Greek inspired) immediately show and contribute to the wine’s showy presence. Roasted cashews, tobacco and soy evolve but only with time.
Dark cocoa powder and its associated stylisedbitterness coat the palate. A freshly poured espresso with crema still glistening. Exotic black bean paste overlays the mocha first impression and tannins initially seem blocky, however they resolve on the second and third taste appearing chalky/silty. Tar and violet varietal character, bone broth savoury notes and gun flint to finish.
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Just one hour’s drive from South Australia’s capital, Adelaide, lies its gourmet capital (and wine Mecca), Barossa. One of the country’s most beautiful and historic wine regions, Barossa is a magnet for lovers of fine food and wine. Its classic Mediterranean climate, and free-draining red brown soils, makes the region ideal for growing grapes. Barossa produces excellent Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Riesling and Semillon.
Key to the success of Penfolds has been a lineage of visionary winemakers. There have only ever been four Chief Winemakers at the helm of Penfolds – Max Schubert, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, each a custodian of a rich winemaking tradition that goes back for more than 170 years.
Our current Penfolds winemaking team has more than 100 years between them as Penfolds winemakers. They are constantly refining and improving their work, whilst honouring the winemaking techniques of their predecessors.