The Penfolds 2017 Collection gears up for global release

05 October, 2017

The Penfolds Collection 2017 is set for global release with the line-up featuring a new signature ‘fine wine’ bottle bearing the brand’s historical markings.

Each wine in the Collection is described as “archetypal Penfolds” and a demonstration of the company’s house style, which the winemaking team have followed since 1844.

The line-up includes the 63rd consecutive release of the flagship Grange, which is the last remaining 2013 red to be released in the Penfolds Collection. The company said the depth and the “brooding complexity” of the 2013 Grange “will provide life and longevity to this wine for decades to come”.

Other highlights of this year’s release include the distinctive white wines made by white winemaker Kim Schroeder. These include the multi-regional 2015 Yattarna and the single region 2016 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay, which exhibits a regionally mineral acid backbone, elegant fruit flavours and “impressive generosity” according to the producer.

The 2016 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay follows on from the 2015 vintage, named Australia’s Best Chardonnay in 2016 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge.

The 2015 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz is described as being true to form and instantly Penfolds. It has been acknowledged as being Australia’s Most Collected Wine according to Wine Ark in 2016, and this 2015 vintage of Bin 389 is a balanced blend, “a wine perfect for the cellar”, according to Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago.

He added: “It is 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.

“To all in our team, this Collection reflects a continuation of vineyard and winery effort across vintage, region and 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 Bin 51 Riesling through to its 2015 Bin core; and back to the singular final red release from the 2013 vintage… I am 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.”

A selection of the wines are conserved in a new signature bottle that captures the heritage of more than 173 years of winemaking. The Collection will be released globally on 17 October. 




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