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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2013 Adelaide Chardonnay Penfolds

2013 Adelaide Chardonnay

£826.00
£71.00

2008 Bin 08A Chardonnay Penfolds

2008 Bin 08A Chardonnay

£383.00
£193.00

2013 Bin 138 Penfolds South Australia

2013 Bin 138 South Australia

£243.00
£23.00

2013 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz Penfolds

2013 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz

£655.00
£655.00
£58.00

2012 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz Penfolds

2012 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz

£437.00
DP £39.00

2008 Bin 169 Penfolds South Australia

2008 Bin 169 South Australia

£2,503.00
£2,503.00
£210.00

2010 Bin 170 Block 3C Kalimna Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2010 Bin 170 Block 3C Kalimna Shiraz South Australia

£13,001.00
£3,249.00
£1,083.00

2014 Bin 28 Penfolds South Australia

2014 Bin 28 South Australia

£255.00
£129.00
£24.00

2015 Bin 311 Chardonnay Penfolds New South Wales

92.5

2015 Bin 311 Chardonnay New South Wales

92.5
£170.00
£87.00

2014 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

93.0

2014 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

93.0
£743.00
£743.00
£372.00

2013 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

2013 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

£730.00
£366.00
£64.00

2012 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

91.0

2012 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

91.0
£413.00
£37.00

2011 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

2011 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

£581.00
DP £51.00

2009 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

2009 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

£655.00
£328.00
£655.00

2008 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

91.0

2008 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

91.0
£618.00
£618.00
£55.00

1994 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Penfolds

1994 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

£796.00
DP £796.00
DP £69.00

2014 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon Penfolds South Australia

2014 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia

£655.00
£655.00
£58.00

2013 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon Penfolds South Australia

2013 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia

£665.00
£333.00
£58.00

2012 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon Penfolds South Australia

92.0

2012 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia

92.0
£339.00
£31.00

2008 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon Penfolds South Australia

87.0

2008 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia

87.0
£544.00
£544.00
£273.00
£48.00

2004 Bin 60 A Penfolds South Australia

98.0

2004 Bin 60 A South Australia

98.0
£5,830.00
£2,914.00
£485.00

2012 Bin 707 Penfolds South Australia

2012 Bin 707 South Australia

£3,539.00
£295.00

2007 Bin 707 Penfolds South Australia

2007 Bin 707 South Australia

£2,761.00
£2,761.00

1990 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 389 Penfolds South Australia

1990 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 389 South Australia

£4,339.00
DP £361.00

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

2011 Grange Penfolds South Australia

2011 Grange South Australia

£5,127.00
£2,564.00

2010 Grange Penfolds South Australia

98.88

2010 Grange South Australia

98.88
£3,731.00
DP £1,866.00

2009 Grange Penfolds South Australia

97.0

2009 Grange South Australia

97.0
£5,245.00
£2,623.00
£5,245.00

2006 Grange Penfolds South Australia

95.5

2006 Grange South Australia

95.5
£4,495.00
DP £2,246.00

2001 Grange Penfolds South Australia

98.0

2001 Grange South Australia

98.0
£4,339.00
£2,168.00
DP £2,168.00
DP £361.00

1999 Grange Penfolds South Australia

92.0

1999 Grange South Australia

92.0
£3,369.00
£281.00

1998 Grange Penfolds South Australia

98.0

1998 Grange South Australia

98.0
£4,978.00
£2,488.00
DP £2,488.00
DP £415.00
DP £365.00

1996 Grange Penfolds South Australia

93.0

1996 Grange South Australia

93.0
£3,974.00
£331.00

1995 Grange Penfolds South Australia

92.0

1995 Grange South Australia

92.0
£3,599.00
£300.00
DP £300.00

1994 Grange Penfolds South Australia

91.0

1994 Grange South Australia

91.0
£3,779.00
£315.00

1992 Grange Penfolds South Australia

92.0

1992 Grange South Australia

92.0
£3,501.00
DP £278.00

1990 Grange Penfolds South Australia

94.0

1990 Grange South Australia

94.0
£4,617.00
£384.00

1985 Grange Penfolds South Australia

90.0

1985 Grange South Australia

90.0
£4,264.00
DP £355.00

1983 Grange Penfolds South Australia

92.0

1983 Grange South Australia

92.0
£5,102.00
£425.00

1979 Grange Penfolds South Australia

1979 Grange South Australia

£5,707.00
DP £475.00

1973 Grange Penfolds South Australia

90.0

1973 Grange South Australia

90.0
£5,429.00
£452.00

1971 Grange Penfolds South Australia

1971 Grange South Australia

£12,653.00
£1,054.00

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

2014 Kalimna Bin 28 Penfolds

2014 Kalimna Bin 28

£267.00
£135.00

2004 Kalimna Block 42 Penfolds South Australia

2004 Kalimna Block 42 South Australia

£10,845.00
£903.00

2016 Koonunga Hill Chardonnay Penfolds South Australia

2016 Koonunga Hill Chardonnay South Australia

£116.00
£116.00

2015 Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet Penfolds

2015 Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet

£131.00
£131.00

2012 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2012 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

£874.00
DP £75.00

2010 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

94.0

2010 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

94.0
£840.00
£420.00

2005 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2005 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

£725.00
£363.00

2003 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

94.0

2003 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

94.0
£625.00
£625.00

2001 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

87.0

2001 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

87.0
£505.00
£253.00

1999 Magill Estate Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

90.0

1999 Magill Estate Shiraz South Australia

90.0
£1,103.00
DP £551.00

N.V. Penfolds 50 YO Rare Tawny Penfolds South Australia

N.V. Penfolds 50 YO Rare Tawny South Australia

£19,215.00
£1,600.00

2009 RWT Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2009 RWT Shiraz South Australia

£1,743.00
£874.00
DP £874.00
£147.00

1999 RWT Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

87.0

1999 RWT Shiraz South Australia

87.0
£749.00
DP £65.00

1998 RWT Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

1998 RWT Shiraz South Australia

£946.00
DP £81.00

1997 RWT Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

1997 RWT Shiraz South Australia

£1,575.00
DP £790.00
£133.00

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

2011 St Henri Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

90.0

2011 St Henri Shiraz South Australia

90.0
£605.00
£53.00

2010 St Henri Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2010 St Henri Shiraz South Australia

£886.00
£903.00

2009 St Henri Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

93.0

2009 St Henri Shiraz South Australia

93.0
£561.00
£561.00

2001 St Henri Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

2001 St Henri Shiraz South Australia

£653.00
£327.00

1998 St Henri Shiraz Penfolds South Australia

88.0

1998 St Henri Shiraz South Australia

88.0
£1,417.00
DP £707.00
£120.00

2012 Yattarna Penfolds

2012 Yattarna

£1,489.00
£126.00

2011 Yattarna Penfolds

2011 Yattarna

£1,259.00
£629.00
£107.00

2008 Yattarna Penfolds

2008 Yattarna

£645.00
DP £57.00
DP £52.00

2002 Yattarna Penfolds

91.0

2002 Yattarna

91.0
£725.00
DP £363.00
£63.00

1998 Yattarna Penfolds

1998 Yattarna

£605.00
DP £303.00

1997 Yattarna Penfolds

1997 Yattarna

£605.00
DP £303.00

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