Grape News! Penfolds Launch 2017 Collection Including The Coveted Grange

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Wine lovers rejoice! Today the 2017 Penfolds Collection from Magill Estate has been released to the public and it already has us reaching for our wine glasses.

The 2017 release of The Penfolds Collection is a family of wines that deliver enjoyment today and stand the test of time. Each wine is archetypal Penfolds. A demonstration of Penfolds ‘House Style’, a style and philosophy the winemaking team have upheld since 1844 ever since founder Dr Christopher Rawson Penfolds first planted grapes at Magill.

This style and underlying belief in quality and consistency is no more apparent than in the 63rd consecutive release of the flagship Grange – recently recognised as a First Growth in Liv-ex’s recreation of the Bordeaux 1855 classification. As the last remaining 2013 red to be released in The Penfolds Collection, the depth and brooding complexity of the 2013 Grange will provide life and longevity to this wine for decades to come.

To launch the new Grange, a long lunch was held at Magill Estate where guests were able to enjoy the coveted wine alongside other showpiece Penfolds wine.

Other highlights of this year’s release include the distinctive white wines made by White Winemaker Kym Schroeter. Each white wine provides a counterpoint; from the multi-regional, yet proportionate 2015 Yattarna, to the single-region 2016 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay which exhibits a regionally mineral acid backbone, elegant fruit flavours and impressive generosity. The 2016 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay follows on from the highly decorated 2015 vintage, named Australia’s Best Chardonnay in 2016 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge, with a powerful wine of great complexity and purity.  The ever reliable Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling continues to give with each return to glass; floral notes with fresh citrus following – undeniably from its home, Eden Valley.

A reflection of vintage, the stable of 2015 red wines display these nuances with elongated tannins and lively acidity, all of which are balanced seamlessly across each wine and highlight the varietal truths. The reds of Penfolds remain definitive wines, each with its own individual style, a style that is the result of years of experience combined with skilful blending of fruit and oak.

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The 2015 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz is true to form and instantly Penfolds. Acknowledged as Australia’s Most Collected Wine according to Wine Ark in 2016 – this 2015 vintage of Bin 389 is a balanced blend; a wine perfect for the cellar.

A great example of a vintage release that isn’t Cabernet, that isn’t Shiraz …that probably can’t be second-guessed as a Cabernet/Shiraz blend. Mission accomplished – Bin 389. said Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago.

“To all in our team, this Collection reflects a continuum of vineyard & winery effort across vintage, region & climate. The Penfolds stamp illuminates from above but not without anticipated surprise! Yes, each wine of each style offers its vintage spin. From the Collection’s 2017’s Bin 51 Riesling through to its 2015 Bin core; and back to the singular final red release from the 2013 vintage. … I’m sure your favourite(s) this year may well be different to those preferred from the last. This release is one to remember and remember we shall as many of these wines will be around for a long time – so by all means partake immediately and attempt to hide some for later!

To honour the origins and provenance of Penfolds, a selection of the wines in the Collection are conserved in a new signature bottle. Capturing the heritage of over 173 years of winemaking and providing a strong link to the home of Penfolds, each bottle bears Penfolds historical markings – a fine wine bottle that reflects the quality within.

Available globally as of today, The Penfolds Collection 2017 can be purchased at select fine wine stores and Penfolds Cellar Doors – Magill Estate Winery and Barossa Valley Cellar Door.

For more information visit www.penfolds.com.

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