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Penfolds 2018 Collection

Introducing the Penfolds 2018 Collection. A family of fine wines, each with a distinct character, quality and provenance. A testament to the enduring ‘House Style’ and winemaking philosophy that Penfolds has proudly upheld since 1844.

Three distinct styles have underpinned Penfolds winemaking philosophy: single vineyard or single block, single region or sub-region, multi-region, and multivarietal blending. At the heart of that philosophy is balance, observing the long held belief that while Penfolds wines should promise to gradually develop with careful cellaring, they must also be capable of satisfying even the most discerning of palates from the day of their release.

Individually, each one is a worthy addition to the Penfolds dynasty of wines. Wines that have displayed imagination, care and winemaking mastery for generations. And together, they make The Penfolds 2018 Collection something quite extraordinary.

The Penfolds 2018 Collection is available for sale in First Choice Liquor stores nationally from Thursday the 18th of October. Learn more about the range below.

2014 Grange

Penolds Grange 2014
The 2014 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. The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district, blending philosophy.

Crafted utilising fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and structured shiraz grapes. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange demonstrates the synergy between shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia. Matured for 20 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads.

Peak drinking time is 2020 – 2045.

2015 St Henri Shiraz

Penfolds St Henri
A time-honoured and alternative expression of Shiraz and an intriguing counterpoint to Grange. Although a small proportion of Cabernet is used to improve structure, the focal point for St Henri remains Shiraz.

St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, large oak vats that allow the wine to develop, imparting minimal, if any oak character.

Peak drinking time is 2020 – 2045.

2016 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 389
Bin 389 is often referred to as ‘Baby Grange’, in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange.

It combines the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz and exemplifies the judicious balance of fruit and oak. Matured for 12 months in American oak hogshead (37% new).

Peak drinking time is 2020 – 2046.

2016 Bin 128

Penfolds Bin 128
Bin 128 comprises fruit sourced from the unique cigar-shaped terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, a region that exemplifies the perfume, transparency and seductive nature of cool-climate red table wines.

Coonawarra has remained the primary source of Shiraz fruit for Bin 128 since the inaugural release of the 1962 vintage. Matured in a mixture of new (30%) and seasoned French oak hogshead for 12 months, a method that was refined during the 1980’s when the transition was made from American to French oak.

Peak drinking time is 2019 – 2035.

2016 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon

Penfolds Bin 407
Launched with the 1990 vintage in 1993, Bin 407 was developed in response to the increasing availability of high quality Cabernet Sauvignon fruit.

Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon, the varietally expressive Bin 407 highlights the rewards of Penfolds multi-region, multi-vineyard blending, with a core of ripe fruit supported by sensitive use of oak. Matured for 12 months in French oak (25% new) and American oak (9% new) hogshead.

Peak drinking time is 2020 – 2032.

2017 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay

Penfolds Bin 311
A multi-regional, cool-climate regions and each year the fruit selection is made to reflect the Bin 311 style. Fruit sourcing for 2016 has come from Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Tumbarumba.

Bin 311 Chardonnay truly reflects the winemakers’ mantra ‘we always go where the fruit grows best and where it best suits style’.
The style typically exhibits a mineral acid backbone, complemented by barrel fermentation and maturation in seasoned and new (25%) oak.

Peak drinking time is from now – 2025.