Penfolds releases highly anticipated 2018 Collection

Penfolds releases highly anticipated 2018 Collection

The highly anticipated Penfolds Collection 2018, led by the 64th consecutive release of Grange, is released today. 

The Collection is a testament to Penfolds distinctive and recognisable ‘House Style’; the ultimate expression of Penfolds time-honoured tradition of sourcing the best fruit from the best regions.

The flagship Grange is true to what Max Schubert first imagined Grange should be, “a wine that can stand on its own two feet throughout the world and would be capable of improvement year on year…” Poised yet powerful. Although there are notable differences thanks to innovations and opportunity.

Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago noted: “Wrattonbully grapes appear in Grange for the first time – did any of these vineyards exist in Max Schubert’s days at Penfolds? We suspect not.”

While Grange leads the charge, each wine within the Collection has its own individual ‘style’, the continuity of which takes precedence over region, vineyard and origin, even the portions of varietal blends.

There is no better representation than the 2016 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz according to Gago: “Certainly not a definitive example Bin 389 of yore – this 2016 vintage release retains style yet pushes Cabernet/Shiraz blend boundaries … ever so deftly!” Notwithstanding the character of each vintage, Bin 389 continues to uphold its universal appeal and reliable reputation."

The cabernet stable broadens this year with the fifth release of Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet, a contemporary expression of cabernet which is only released in exceptional years to showcase the regionality. The 2016 vintage “Delivered to blueprint – regional, cool climate and chalky cabernet,” said Gago.

The white wine family continues to evolve year on year. Reserve Bin A, first released as a trial wine during the comprehensive and focused Yattarna development project, has gone on to garner its own personality and style – one that cannot be mistaken. This year’s release is a benchmark for the style, one that is wonderfully complex yet linear and focused.

Bin 311 Chardonnay is a sincere reflection of the winemakers’ mantra ‘we always go where the fruit grows best and where it best suits style’. In 2017, the fruit sourcing moved to multi-regional cool-climate regions; Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Tumbarumba.

“The Penfolds Collection 2018 is 174 years of cumulative endeavour; five vintages, seven varietals and 15 regions. One to celebrate,” concluded Gago.

The Penfolds Collection 2018 is available globally from Thursday, October 18, at select fine wine stores and Penfolds Cellar Doors – Magill Estate Winery and Barossa Valley Cellar Door.

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The Penfolds Collection 2018 includes: 

2014 Grange, $900

2016 Yattarna, $175

2016 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, $600

2016 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz, $200

2016 Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon,   $360

2016 Magill Estate Shiraz, $150

2015 St Henri, $135

2017 Reserve Bin A Chardonnay, $125

2016 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, $100

2016 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, $100

2016 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz, $100

2016 Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz, $50

2016 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz, $60

2016 Bin 138 Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mataro, $60

2017 Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, $50

2017 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay, $50

2018 Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling, $40

2017 Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro, $40

2017 Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz, $50

*RRPs are in Australian dollars and reflect 750ml bottles. 

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