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Penfolds range - new releases


#1

I just got an email from TWS to check out the new releases from the Penfolds Range. To be honest I do not know the wines too well… other than a slightly underwhelming tasting of the higher end wines in December 2014. Considering 3 bottles of St Henri as part of a mixed case of wines with similar drinking windows. I also had the Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz (from Majestic) before, which is a perfectly satisfying wine. Would be interested in other’s experiences / views of Penfolds.


#2

Weirdly it was the first proper bottle i bought when i was “18” and went down well with the then gf’s parents. Cabernet of some sort…huge oak but tasted classy at 10 quid a bottle. Tried the st.henri at a wine gang tasting…i expect it needed time to decant (in fact it tasted pretty rough). I have been looking at the premium cabernets though…look interesting


#3

The Penfold wines are well made but not really for me, feel that you are paying for the brand rather than anything different, I have tried a selection of the Penfold wines, everything from the bin 2 up to different vintages of the Grange wines. They are also releasing a ‘G3’ wine which is a blend of 3 vintages of their top of the range ‘Grange’ wines - basically a blend of a blend.

What I do fine odd about Penfold wines is that they are made from grapes from all their vineyards all blended into one which is different to other fine wine which have a sense of place as they are usually from a tightly controlled region - its got the same labeling requirement of ‘South Australia’ as the cheap supermarket Australian wines.

For me personally I would rather spend my money elsewhere but I guess the Penfold wines have a certain cult following much like Musar wines (except Musar is around £23 a bottle rather than £400) - the Penfold wines do have a long drink date though so I guess for the latest Grange with the drink date until 2045 its like buying a £14 bottle wine each year and not drinking it.


#4

I also prefer Hill of Grace to Grange…not that I sip either other than if it is in the tasting machine in a wine shop…

I also read about the G3 release… safe to say that is for a different type of wine consumer. The bottle price is roughly the same as 6 bottles of the recently released Grange.