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The Legendary Wines of Penfolds
June 18, 2019

The Legendary Wines of Penfolds

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Universally recognized for the quality of its bold yet elegant wines, today Penfolds remains the crown jewel of Australian wine. From the delicious, dark-fruited Bin 28 Shiraz all the way up to the legendary, immortal Grange, the wines have never been better! Rich, fruit-forward and perfectly structured, these impeccably crafted reds drink beautifully when released but are also built to last. At Penfolds, the degree of winemaking skill is matched only by the quality of the vineyards from which they source their fruit. These vineyards are scattered throughout Southern Australia’s most legendary regions… Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills. By picking at the precise moment of ripeness, Penfolds produces wines that walk the fine line between power and finesse. Wally’s is pleased to offer a wide range of bottlings and vintages from this gold-standard producer.


2015 Penfolds RWT Barossa Shiraz

95+ points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $125

Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 RWT Shiraz leaps from the glass with expressive blackberries, black raspberries and wild blueberry notes plus underlying Indian spices, Sichuan pepper, forest floor and fertile loam notes with a waft of charcuterie. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, it coats the palate with vibrant black berry and spicy layers, framed by firm, rounded tannins and finishing on a lingering earthy note. One for the long haul!

RWT stands for “Red Winemaking Trials” and was a departure for Penfolds’ portfolio back when it was first introduced with the 1997 vintage. Aged in French oak (traditionally they use American oak) and hailing from a single region, the Barossa Valley, the wine represents an alternative expression to South Australian Shiraz. This is focused and muscular with smooth, cedary oak framing a host of dark berry flavors, violets, tamarind, and root beer. Steak wine at its finest, and sure to please fans of full-bodied, massively endowed reds. Do not miss!

– Robert Vardanian, Australian Wine Buyer

2016 Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

91 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $30

“The full-bodied 2016 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz is a blend of fruit from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Upper Adelaide and Wrattonbully. It's a warm-climate, rich, plush Shiraz, with a velvety mouthfeel and lingering savory notes on the finish.” – Wine Advocate

Penfolds’ Bin 28 Shiraz is a fan favorite here at Wally’s and throughout the world. Classic Barossa Valley Shiraz with rich flavors, juicy freshness and a long, lingering finish. For the price, it is one of the best values coming out of the country!

– Robert Vardanian, Australian Wine Buyer

2014 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

94 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $90

This bottle was opened in front of me and served without decanting. Containing 4%Cabernet Sauvignon and with a deep garnet-purple color, the 2014 Shiraz St Henri has a relatively shy nose of black plums, black cherries and mulberries with nuances of underbrush, fruit cake and damp soil. The full-bodied palate has satisfying richness, with firm, rounded tannins supporting the earthy fruit layers, finishing with good depth and persistence.

St. Henri is a special expression of Shiraz in that the wine is aged in 50-year-old barrels! Unique in the wine world, barrels this old impart very little oak flavor. Instead they help emphasize the wine’s beautiful fruit and floral characteristics. The 2014 St. Henri is stunning with notes of pressed flowers, new leather, and soy sauce complementing the spicy, brambly fruit. This is certainly, the most charming and restrained wine in the portfolio. Excellent!

– Robert Vardanian, Australian Wine Buyer

2009 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $350

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon presents an intensely minty nose with undertones of ripe cassis, eucalyptus, cedar and a touch of herbs. Ripe and expressive in the mouth it has bright acid and medium levels of very fine tannins, it finishes concentrated and long. Drink it from 2014 to 2024+.

2016 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

98 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $500

Aged in American oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 stands out for its bold aromas of vanilla, tobacco, and cassis. This year, it's close to 40% each from Coonawarra and McLaren Vale, with smaller proportions from Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills. It's full-bodied and rich, with a velvety mouthfeel, great intensity and super length. Yes, it's embryonic, but it's not unapproachable, much like any other high-quality New World Cabernet these days, with the ability to age for two decades or more.

Penfolds Great Grandfather Tawny Port

96 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $800

The 30 year old Penfolds Great Grandfather Rare Tawny is pale tawny in color and has a more profound nose than the Grandfather or Father labels of this style. The nose presents some earthy notes that wrap a complex spiciness around a core of Christmas cake, dried fruits, milk chocolate and incense. It’s a huge wine in the mouth - very serious stuff - with tons of layers and racy acid line to carry the flavor through the very long finish that also has a pleasant minerality.

2014 Penfolds Grange

98 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $850

Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we've come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It's full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerfu, and tannic, it should prove to be long lived, even by Grange standards. Gago doesn't rate the vintage overall that highly, but he says the selection this year for Grange was a bit more stringent and that production levels were just average. There are still over 1,000 cases for the United States.

2012 Penfolds Grange

99 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $750

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Grange sports an earthy/meaty nose with notes of tree bark, dusty earth, underbrush and chargrill over a core of dried mulberries and Christmas cake, plus hints of pepper and baking spices. Rich, medium to full-bodied and seductive, it has spicy layers and a long meaty/savory finish.

1971 Penfolds Grange

96 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $1,300

Medium brick colored, the 1971 Grange opens with touches of aldehyde / bottle-stink to begin over a core of fruit cake, leather, potpourri, game, and sandalwood. With an elegant light to medium-body, the palate blossoms into incredible spice box, anise, and mincemeat notes - wonderful multi-layered flavors –supported by a good backbone of remaining fine-grained tannins and lively acid. It’s a classic Grange in terms of construction, though a little atypical considering its pretty rather than powerful nature.


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