Penfolds has launched their annual collection of wines, including the much-anticipated 2014 Grange (A$900) – its 64th consecutive release.
For the first time ever, grapes from the Wrattonbully wine region have been included in the Grange blend, just one of a number of South Australian regions. “Did any of these [Wrattonbully] vineyards exist in Max Schubert’s days at Penfolds?” asked Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago. “We suspect not.” The 2014 saw 100% new American oak and includes 2% cabernet sauvignon.
The highly-lauded 2017 Reserve Bin A Chardonnay (A$125) is also one of the highlights of the release – it was awarded wine of show at the recent 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show. “Up there with the 2009 Bin A,” Gago said of the wine. “Brave words indeed! Time will tell.”
The 2016 Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet (A$360) marks the fifth release of the wine – it hasn’t been seen since the 2013 vintage was released in 2015. The Bin 169 is only released in what Penfolds considers “exceptional years”.
All wines in the collection will hit stores globally from Thursday 18 October 2018.