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Instagram LIVE Tasting with Peter Gago of Penfolds
June 4, 2020

Instagram LIVE Tasting with Peter Gago of Penfolds


Join us Thursday, June 11th at 5:00pm on Instagram Live for a special virtual tasting with Wally’s President, Christian Navarro, and Peter Gago, winemaker of Australian cult sensation, Penfolds! Peter is without a doubt one of the most highly regarded winemakers in the world. He is a true legend and artist in every respect. It is very rare for Peter to make an appearance, so we are extremely grateful to have him join us! We will be featuring the highly acclaimed 2017 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, 2016 Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz, and 2015 Penfolds Grange. This will be a virtual tasting that you don’t want to miss!


2017 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Wally's Price: $70

Close to an even split of each, the 2017 Cabernet Shiraz, which is always aged in the prior year’s Grange barrels, is a beauty, offering full-bodied, powerful notes of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, chocolate, toasted spices, and gravelly minerality. Deep, beautifully concentrated, and balanced, it has nicely integrated acidity, ripe yet present tannins, and, again, just terrific overall balance. It also builds beautifully with time in the glass and is a seriously good red blend from this team. Drink it any time over the coming 10-15 years. - Jeb Dunnuck

93+ points. - Jeb Dunnuck

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2016 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

Wally's Price: $110

The St. Henri cuvée is always brought up all in neutral oak casks, and the 2016 is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, with just 690 cases produced. This was a great vintage for South Australia, and this blockbuster sports a deep purple color as well as a dense, powerful, meaty bouquet of smoked black fruits, chocolate, bouquet garni, bay leaf, mint, and plenty of earthy minerality. Reminding me of an Hermitage from the likes of Delas Frères, it’s full-bodied and incredibly concentrated, with a stacked mid-palate and loads of ripe tannins. Backward and mostly potential at this point, it’s nevertheless a thrilling Shiraz readers should give 4-5 years of bottle age and it will knock your socks off over the coming two decades. - Jeb Dunnuck

97+ points. - Jeb Dunnuck

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2015 Penfolds Grange

Wally's Price: $800

The flagship 2015 Grange is a monster of wine and one of those rare wines that blends power and elegance perfectly. Revealing a saturated purple color, its seemingly more forward and seductive than past great vintages, which I suspect is due to the incredible purity of fruit as well as the wines flawless balance than any change in winemaking or stylistic shifts. I also think the acidity is healthy, and the 2015 tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol, which is certainly in the sweet spot, if not tame, for beautifully ripe Syrah these days. A blend of 98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 20 months in new American oak hogsheads, it offers an extraordinary perfume of sweet crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, camphor, Asian spices, licorice, and wildflowers. This is followed by a full-bodied, powerful yet incredibly seamless and elegant Shiraz that has no hard edges, a big, dense mid-palate, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Coming close to rivaling the 1986, which has always been a benchmark vintage of Grange for me, the 2015 offers a more polished, elegant, approachable style. Vintage comparisons aside, this is a legendary example of Grange in the making. The savvy wine lovers out there will give this 7-8 years of bottle age (Ill probably be out of bottles by then) and enjoy over the following 2-3 decades. - Jeb Dunnuck

99 points. - Jeb Dunnuck

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

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