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For 175 years, Penfolds has been grounded in experimentation, curiosity and uncompromising quality. This foundation has driven us since the very beginning and with each generation of custodians it is celebrated. As we mark our 175th year, Penfolds honours those who defined our history. Mary Penfold was the original leading lady. A force to be reckoned with, Mary’s progressive attitude catapulted Penfolds forward as winemakers. She’d command from a white mare, watching over the vineyard with her treasured spyglass close at hand.
Opulent red Shiraz fruits are supported by the fine structural Cabernet Sauvignon tannins. All beautifully captured in this classic Penfolds multi-regional blend, worthy of Mary’s strong spirit.
An evocative ascent of violet and lavender with a dusting of icing sugar and fresh berries.
A fresh aromatic lift!
Quince paste, rhubarb, sour cherry to the fore. Svelte and even tannins add mouthwatering complexity…
Combined with integrated oak to create wonderfully woven, balanced palate, with a long lingering finish.
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Home to the oldest vines in the country, and no less than 18 wine growing regions, South Australia accounts for almost 50% of Australia’s wine production. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra are well known for their world class reds, with Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Eden Valley praised for their exceptional Chardonnay and Riesling.
Above-average winter and spring rainfall offered the vines across South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Below average temperatures slowed vine growth in early spring with temperatures warming in October. The lower than average temperatures and abundant rainfall during the growing season produced a vintage that challenged grape growers. Weather conditions during ripening were generally dry with prevailing conditions favouring fully ripened grapes with welldeveloped colours and flavours. Late rain delayed harvest by around a month resulting in a drawn out vintage.
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.