Penfolds

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Penfolds: The Importance

Leading Australian critic James Halliday rates Penfolds as a five star winery, noting: “There is no other single winery brand in the New, or the Old, World with the depth and breadth of Penfolds.” At his inaugural Australian Wine Companion Awards in 2014, Halliday named Penfolds the Winery of the Year. Jancis Robinson calls them “Australia’s most established maker of investment quality red wine” and their wines have reminded James Suckling of “great pre-phylloxera Bordeaux of 1864 and 1865."

 

Popularity in Asia increased when the Penfolds Collection was launched in Shangai in 2015, the first time these wines had been unveiled outwith Australia. In 2016, Penfolds was awarded the World’s Most Admired Wine Brand title from Drinks International. Compiled by more than 200 Masters of Wine, sommeliers, teachers and journalists, topping this list shows the global dominance the brand has achieved.

 

The Langton’s Classification, established by the auction house in 1988 and considered to be the honour roll of Australian fine wine, defines an unbiased and proven benchmark of the country’s top wines by ranking them based on how well they perform in the open market, the demand they attract and the price they realise across at least ten years. The sixth amendment of the classification, ranks Penfolds Grange and Penfolds Bin 707 as Exceptional (the highest accolade), Yattarna Chardonnay, Bin 389 and RWT Shiraz as Outstanding (considered Australia’s super seconds) and Bin 128, Kalimna Bin 28, Bin 407 and Magill Estate Shiraz as Excellent (the “heart of the secondary wine market”). No other winery has as many wines in the classification.


Penfolds: The Insight

Penfolds produce a wide range of wines across all price points. However, the most important wines for collectors are their top reds. These wines are often cross-regional blends. As Jancis Robinson puts it, Penfolds is: “one of the few wine companies in the world producing internationally famous wines that are not terroir-specific.” This makes them somewhat less vintage dependent and assures consistently reliable quality.

 

The star is Grange, probably Australia’s greatest wine, described as an icon by James Suckling. At time of writing, the wine scores an enormous 970 points on Wine Lister and is described as “one of the most talked about wines by the fine wine trade.” It is always listed first in the Langton’s Classification due to its status, while the others are listed merely in alphabetical order. The founder of Langton’s, Andrew Caillard MW calls it: “an iconic wine; a reference example” and Langton’s states that “the best vintages have a lifespan of 50 years and more.” For those looking for a slightly lower-priced alternative, Bin 389 is often considered ‘Baby Grange’.

 

All of the Penfolds range featured in the Langton’s Classification, the increasingly popular St Henri Shiraz and the wines their original wooden cases (OWC), are all worthy of serious consideration. The bins are numbered after where the wines sat in the winery, rather than denoting a quality level. RWT stands for Red Winemaking Trial, the RWT being a Shiraz purely from Barossa in contrast to the multi-regional sourcing for Grange.

 

Penfolds wines are so long-lived that in 1991 the company launched Re-corking Clinics. These give owners of wines that are 15 years old or older an opportunity to have their wine: “assessed by a winemaker, and if necessary, opened, tasted, topped up and re-capsuled on the spot.” Leading auction houses Christie’s and Langton’s have noted higher auction realisations for wines re-corked by Penfolds.


Penfolds: The Background

Founded in 1844, Penfolds has grown to become one of Australia’s most famous exports. Christopher Rawson Penfold and his wife Mary arrived in Australia from West Sussex. They settled in the Magill Estate and built a cottage called The Grange. They started producing fortified wines, but the popularity of claret-style wines grew and by 1903 Penfolds was the biggest winery in Adelaide and beginning to expand into McLaren Vale and New South Wales. After World War II, winemaker Max Schubert travelled to Europe and was inspired by the wines of Bordeaux to create Grange Hermitage, later to become Grange. Now, the winery is situated in the Barossa Valley, but the grapes come from all over South Australia. Penfolds’ vinyards are located in Adelaide (the Magill Estate focuses on Shiraz), Kalimna, Koonunga, Waltons and Stonwell vineyards in Barossa (predominantly Shiraz and Canbernet Sauvigon), Eden Valley for the whites, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. Peter Gago has been the Chief Winemaker since 2002, providing further consistency.

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2008 Bin 08A Chardonnay Penfolds

2008 Bin 08A Chardonnay

£383.00
£193.00

2013 Bin 28 Penfolds South Australia

2013 Bin 28 South Australia

£213.00
£21.00

2012 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

91.0

2012 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

91.0
£521.00
£261.00
£46.00

2011 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

2011 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

£511.00
DP £46.00

2009 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

2009 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

£407.00
£204.00

2008 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

91.0

2008 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

91.0
£599.00
£599.00
£53.00

2000 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

2000 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

£605.00
DP £53.00

2013 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon Penfolds South Australia

2013 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia

£526.00
£264.00

2012 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon Penfolds South Australia

92.0

2012 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia

92.0
£526.00
£264.00

2008 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon Penfolds South Australia

87.0

2008 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia

87.0
£527.00
£527.00
£47.00

1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 389 Penfolds South Australia

1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 389 South Australia

£2,800.00
£234.00

2007 Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir Penfolds

2007 Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir

£265.00
£134.00

2006 Chardonnay Bin 311 Penfolds South Australia

90.0

2006 Chardonnay Bin 311 South Australia

90.0
£339.00
£171.00

2010 Grange Penfolds South Australia

98.88

2010 Grange South Australia

98.88
£3,731.00
£1,866.00
£311.00
DP £311.00

2009 Grange Penfolds South Australia

97.0

2009 Grange South Australia

97.0
£3,695.00
£1,848.00

2006 Grange Penfolds South Australia

95.5

2006 Grange South Australia

95.5
£3,974.00
DP £1,986.00
£3,974.00
DP £331.00
£662.00

2005 Grange Penfolds South Australia

96.83

2005 Grange South Australia

96.83
£3,533.00
DP £3,533.00
£589.00

2002 Grange Penfolds South Australia

98.33

2002 Grange South Australia

98.33
£4,152.00
£4,152.00
£2,076.00
£346.00
DP £346.00

2001 Grange Penfolds South Australia

98.0

2001 Grange South Australia

98.0
£3,980.00
DP £1,989.00
£332.00
DP £332.00

1999 Grange Penfolds South Australia

92.0

1999 Grange South Australia

92.0
£3,114.00
DP £1,557.00

1998 Grange Penfolds South Australia

98.0

1998 Grange South Australia

98.0
£3,489.00
NEW
DP £3,489.00
£1,743.00
NEW
DP £291.00

1997 Grange Penfolds South Australia

94.0

1997 Grange South Australia

94.0
£3,974.00
£1,986.00

1991 Grange Penfolds South Australia

93.0

1991 Grange South Australia

93.0
£4,980.00
£415.00

1990 Grange Penfolds South Australia

94.0

1990 Grange South Australia

94.0
£4,377.00
£4,377.00
£365.00

1986 Grange Penfolds South Australia

98.0

1986 Grange South Australia

98.0
£6,423.00
£535.00

2007 Grange (owc) Penfolds

95.25

2007 Grange (owc)

95.25
£4,998.00
£833.00

2006 Grange (owc) Penfolds

95.5

2006 Grange (owc)

95.5
£5,677.00
£946.00

2005 Grange (owc) Penfolds

96.83

2005 Grange (owc)

96.83
£6,665.00
£1,110.00

2003 Grange (owc) Penfolds

94.17

2003 Grange (owc)

94.17
£4,962.00
£827.00

2012 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2012 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

£860.00
£430.00

2010 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

94.0

2010 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

94.0
£840.00
£420.00

2009 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2009 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

£713.00
£357.00

2007 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

94.0

2007 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

94.0
£651.00
DP £326.00

2003 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

94.0

2003 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

94.0
£725.00
£725.00

2002 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

90.0

2002 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

90.0
£485.00
DP £243.00

2001 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

87.0

2001 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

87.0
£505.00
£253.00

2000 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

90.0

2000 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

90.0
£485.00
DP £243.00

1999 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

90.0

1999 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

90.0
£1,043.00
DP £521.00

2012 RWT Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2012 RWT Shiraz South Australia

£1,067.00
£1,067.00
£533.00
£91.00

2009 RWT Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2009 RWT Shiraz South Australia

£832.00
£416.00

2008 RWT Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2008 RWT Shiraz South Australia

£1,010.00
£1,010.00

2006 RWT Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

95.0

2006 RWT Shiraz South Australia

95.0
£910.00
DP £78.00
DP £70.00

2004 RWT Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

95.0

2004 RWT Shiraz South Australia

95.0
£1,005.00
£503.00

1999 RWT Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

87.0

1999 RWT Shiraz South Australia

87.0
£749.00
DP £65.00

1997 RWT Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

1997 RWT Shiraz South Australia

£1,309.00
£111.00

2008 RWT Shiraz (owc) Penfolds South Australia

93.0

2008 RWT Shiraz (owc) South Australia

93.0
£1,333.00
£1,333.00

2004 RWT Shiraz (owc) Penfolds South Australia

95.0

2004 RWT Shiraz (owc) South Australia

95.0
£1,264.00
£1,264.00

2003 RWT Shiraz (owc) Penfolds South Australia

96.0

2003 RWT Shiraz (owc) South Australia

96.0
£920.00
£920.00

2012 St Henri Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

96.0

2012 St Henri Shiraz South Australia

96.0
£571.00
£286.00

2011 St Henri Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

90.0

2011 St Henri Shiraz South Australia

90.0
£847.00
£847.00
£424.00
£73.00

2010 St Henri Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2010 St Henri Shiraz South Australia

£1,004.00
£46.00

2009 St Henri Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

93.0

2009 St Henri Shiraz South Australia

93.0
£561.00
£561.00
£281.00
£50.00

1998 St Henri Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

88.0

1998 St Henri Shiraz South Australia

88.0
£944.00
£944.00

2008 Yattarna Penfolds

2008 Yattarna

£645.00
DP £57.00
DP £52.00

2002 Yattarna Penfolds

91.0

2002 Yattarna

91.0
£725.00
£363.00
DP £363.00

2001 Yattarna Penfolds

2001 Yattarna

£605.00
£303.00

2000 Yattarna Penfolds

2000 Yattarna

£605.00
£303.00

1998 Yattarna Penfolds

1998 Yattarna

£605.00
DP £303.00

1997 Yattarna Penfolds

1997 Yattarna

£605.00
DP £303.00

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