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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 Tempranillo is sourced exclusively from McLaren Vale and is a unique Australian expression of this Spanish grape variety. Displaying typical fruit characteristics of berries, liquorice, spice and nectar, extended maturation in seasoned French oak has added great complexity to the palate.
An initial ascent of cold/used tea-leaf and new buck leather.Varietal cues are unlocked from their holding-pattern - tomato paste, anchovy, olive oil, and hints of sarsaparilla, brine.
Medium-bodied. Flavours akin to earthy roasted vegetables –parsnip/turnip/pumpkin, replete with crab apple jelly & quince paste. Not to forget an omnipresent savoury disposition –nurtured via the presence of bayleaf, fennel & Sicilian olive characters.Mouthwatering & appetising acidity and grip –possibly induced via the contribution of a mix of persimmon, rhubarb, cherry/raspberry-pip.
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McLaren Vale lies nestled between the Mt Lofty Ranges and the rolling white sand beaches of Gulf St Vincent. With its warm Mediterranean climate, relaxed coastal ambience and superb local produce, McLaren Vale is a melting pot of food, wine and the arts: the ultimate epicurean destination. The region is renowned for its soft and velvety Shiraz, with pronounced berry, spice and chocolate flavours.
Plentiful winter rainfall provided the vines across the McLaren Vale with healthy soil moisture profiles in the lead up to the growing season. Both spring and summer were cooler than the long-term average, with few heat spikes. The prevailing conditions slowed budburst, flowering and veraison with harvest following the trend and being around a month later than is normally expected in the region. Weather conditions during harvest were generally benign. Slow ripening ensured flavoursome grapes with well-developed 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.