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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. Ray Beckwith was a scientific genius who revolutionised Australian winemaking. From 1935 to 1973 Penfolds was his laboratory, where he was instrumental in the development of our leading red wines. His greatest discovery was the use of PH technology to prevent wine from spoiling. This wine bears all the hallmarks of Cabernet Sauvignon, with classic savoury notes supported by well-handled oak and supple tannins. An experiment of which Ray would approve.
"The genius is Ray Beckwith, Penfolds’ wine chemist during the Schubert era. A new wine, cast in a younger, more fruit-forward style than traditional Penfolds reds, it has ripe blackberry and graphite aromas, ample fruit sweetness and robust tannin structure. Good now and will take some age well."
Not as overt as other young Penfolds
multi-regional blends, this has elegantly
understated, plum, berry, spice and
cedar aromas. Medium-bodied, poised
and balanced, it flows seamlessly
through fine tannins and a lingering
Overlaid aromas of soy, star anise and sweet plum sauce.
Followed on by ground fennel seeds and polished cedar.
Put simply; round, subtle and complete. Dark wild berry compote, dark chocolate and sweet tobacco are bountiful.
All while the glossy tannins and opulent fruit weight are superbly balance in this cabernet expression.
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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.
Winter and spring rainfall offered the vines across South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Vines were slow to get going with below average, cool conditions prevailing until October. Budburst was earlier than the long term average, however the duration between budburst and flowering was longer than expected. The prevailing wet weather conditions meant canopy and crop management was a priority for the viticulture team and growers. April was generally drier with weather conditions favouring fully ripened grapes with well-developed colours and flavours. The late Autumnal rain delayed harvest by around a month resulting in slow, steady 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.