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Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style. Penfolds Cellar Reserve Barossa Valley Durif is sourced from a single vineyard in the Barossa valley. The 2013 Cellar Reserve Durif was 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.
Altogether different – varietally correct, without exaggeration or artefact. Black olive, mulberry leaf and loganberry/boysenberry fruits arch above, unencumbered by any intrusion of oak. An unfamilial dustiness infused with malt, and wafts of wild black Basmati rice instantly remind of a varietal point-of-difference.
Plush and mouth filling, with a beguiling satin texture. Glossy and finely polished (gemstone- like)… the emery-board tannins of the inaugural 2013 Durif release re-appear! A sweet-berried (mulberry?) mid-palate tussles with a sour cherry/persimmon/cumquat ‘bite’ on the finish. Intriguing. Youthful, with presence.
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.
Plentiful winter rainfall provided the vines across the Barossa Valley healthy soil moisture profiles in the lead up to the growing season. A cool start to spring slowed vine growth with temperatures gradually warming in October. It was a vintage that challenged grape growers, who had to work hard to control vine vigour. Weather conditions during harvest were generally benign with prevailing conditions extending harvest. Slow ripening ensured flavoursome grapes with welldeveloped colours and tannins.
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.