Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinificationand style.
Penfolds Cellar Reserve Viognier is made from grapes sourced from a long-term Penfolds grower vineyard in the Barossa Valley. A lush, dessert-style Cellar Reserve offering, this wine is a refreshing take on the more traditional Viognier style and offers a light dry mouthfeel on the finish.
|Peak Drinking||Now - 2020|
|Winemaker||The Penfolds Team|
An amalgam of flavours!
Primarily Nashi pear, cumquat and custard apple with hints of lime juice.
Supplementary notes of Apple Danish, praline and crystalisedginger with just a tickle of Jasmine making this wine aromatically pleasing.
A viscous, luscious and very generous palate. Apricot nectar is central with lemon meringue and citrus playing a strong role, accompanied by a clean, fresh and juicy finish.
Wonderful sugar/acid balance giving great length of flavour.
Benchmark Cellar Reserve Viognier from a strong vintage.
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.
Above-average winter and spring rainfall offered the vines in the Barossa Valley healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Cool days and cooler nights slowed vine growth in early spring with temperatures warming in October. A mild and mostly dry start to summer was interrupted by a significant rain event in February. Warm conditions followed, allowing vine canopies to dry out. Rainfall slowed in early autumn with warm weather soon following and persisting throughout summer. From March, mild days slowed ripening with cool nights and warm days persisting until harvest.
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.