Bin 798, RWT, Barossa, Shiraz, 2015

  Penfolds

A toasty, minty nose, dried raspberry and figs accompany red and black liqueured fruits, lots of structure here, from both wood and grape. Bold Barossa Shiraz needing a little time to integrate fully but impressive for its concentration and sheer power. Matured for 16 months in French oak, 83% new and 17% one year old.

Contains Sulphites.

About Penfolds

Penfolds' first vineyard was founded in 1844 at Magill, South Australia, by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold. After travelling to Bordeaux and studying winemaking techniques there, he returned vowing to produce a wine to rival the greatest clarets, this was Grange. The first vintage of Grange, named after Dr Penfold's cottage in Magill, was 1951. Today Grange is undoubtedly Australia’s most iconic and recognizable wine. Ever since its inception in 1951 the Shiraz dominated blend has come to symbolize the absolute peak of Australian fine wine. In the modern era, with Peter Gago at the helm, the wine seems to be gaining more plaudits than ever before. All early vintages were made from Shiraz grapes grown at Magill and Morphett Vale, Adelaide, and the wine was matured in new American oak for 12 months. Small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon are included in some vintages of Grange, and the wood ageing period has been lengthened to between 18 and 20 months. The wine is not released for at least four years after the vintage. A host of award-winning red wines from Penfolds have since followed, many identified by bin numbers which originated in the winery stock-keeping system. In 1998 Penfolds released its eagerly awaited top-end white wine, Yattarna, a blend of Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale Chardonnay.

Appellation: Australia

Australia in many ways epitomises freedom and attitude in the New World. Producing every style of wine imaginable from innumerable grape varieties - the most famous being Shiraz - innovation and experimentation have been the hallmarks of this great wine producing nation for decades. Indeed, Australian wine often hits a sweet spot in the relationship between price and quality, and as such is extremely popular in export markets. This led to overproduction and oversupply in the 1980s and 1990s as big brands began to dominate the industry, eventually damaging the reputation that early producers had worked so hard to promote. Nowadays we are witnessing a dazzling return to form, with ever more artisan and terroir-focused producers crafting wonderfully expressive and appealing wines, as they seek to demonstrate that Australia is a worthy contender.