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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 Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from a single-vineyard in the cool-climate region of the Adelaide Hills. Indigenous yeast and the use of French oak has created a Sauvignon Blanc that overtly eschews the typical ‘fruit forward’ Australian style. This wine is at once both complex and intriguing.
Vibrancy and freshness court via exotic fruits – feijoa, green papaya and passionfruit pulp.
Spicy, textural and complex phenolics achieved via diligent lees stirring.
Definitive structure and background wood spice provide a suggestion of oak tenure.
Feijoa, green papaya and curry leaf provide the integral link between nose and palate.
The Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s younger wine regions, but it’s as savvy as its famous Sauv Blanc. With a cool climate and high altitude, its dynamic winemakers are also responsible for top notch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Six months in French oak barriques (18% new, 36% 1-y.o. and 46% seasoned).
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.