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Australia’s winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds’ influence on Australia’s winemaking psyche.
Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.
Penfolds’ reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.
If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.
Juicy red and black fruits, hints of vanilla, and fine tannins.2009: 88 Points
- Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars
: "Deep ruby. Cherry, licorice and dark cola on the nose. Bitter cherry and mint ... more
Luscious Cassis backed by hints of cocoa.Spaghetti with summer cherry tomato sauce and shaved parmesan
Steak sandwich with all the trimmings
Lamb and rosemary ... more
Red and black berry fruit backed by herbal and frloral notes and hints of cedar.Pork ribs
Risotto ... more
Dark and expressive featuring powerful flavors of blackberry, cassis, licorice, leather, and tar. Firm structure, chewy tannins, and a long finish.A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Shiraz made with fruit from Wrattonbully, Barossa, McLaren ... more
Grange is both Penfolds' and arguably Australia's most famous wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy ... more