Let’s face it. When we talk about Penfolds Collection wines, we’re talking about wines that will reward patience and careful cellaring for at least for a few years (but preferably longer). Heroes of both Australia’s history and its contemporary wine industry, iconic wines like Grange, Bin 389 and St Henri – while increasingly attractive and approachable upon release – are probably a little too high on the ‘special’ scale to crack open with your Thursday night takeaway.
So how do you know when’s best to open one, or even a couple of bottles from your precious Penfolds collection? These are, after all, collectors’ items – and you want them to be in the best possible condition when you finally get around to pulling the cork.
The Rewards of Patience (A$30) is the definitive reference guide for Penfolds wines. It’s the ultimate collectors’ guide to all things Penfolds, offering both collectors and drinkers a deep and unblemished insight into the taste, condition, and history of every Penfolds vintage, from the 1951 Grange to the 2018 Koonunga Hill Shiraz – and almost everything in between.
The latest edition of The Rewards of Patience incorporates opinions and reviews from an independent panel made up of some of the world’s most in-demand wine experts, including Andrew Caillard MW, Fongyee Walker MW, James Halliday AM, Nick Ryan, Josh Raynolds and Dr Neil Beckett – and, of course, insights from Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago.
The result? A comprehensive, in-depth overview of where your Penfolds collection currently stands – and what its future looks like.