Pen­folds moves on to whites

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

PEN­FOLDS has con­sol­i­dated its 1960s and 1970s po­si­tion as Aus­tralia’s great­est red wine pro­ducer, de­spite the in­creas­ing qual­ity of Aus­tralian red wines on the mar­ket.

How­ever, the big dif­fer­ence at Pen­folds these days is its white wines are now be­gin­ning to match the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stature and qual­ity of the com­pany’s shi­raz and caber­net sauvi­gnons.

For ex­am­ple, the north­ern hemi­sphere’s In­ter­na­tional Wine Chal­lenge could be re­garded as the world’s great­est wine show.

There are 10,000 plus en­tries and many hun­dreds of in­ter­na­tional judges.

This year, four Pen­folds chardon­nays (2012, 2010 and 2009 Bin A chardon­nays and 2010 Yat­tarna chardon­nay) gained gold medals and three tro­phies.

It con­firmed the qual­ity bar set with the 2009 Bin A Chardon­nay, which re­ceived the show’s Best In­ter­na­tional White Wine Tro­phy re­cently.

Pen­folds also re­ceived gold medals for the 2012 Red Bins 707 and 389 and for the Grand­fa­ther Rare Tawny.

The re­sult makes seven gold medals for one wine com­pany in one year when most coun­tries do not achieve that.

Pen­folds se­nior white wine­maker Kym Schroeter was awarded the Best In­ter­na­tional White Wine­maker Tro­phy.

The lessons and ben­e­fits from the viti­cul­tural, wine­mak­ing and oak se­lec­tion pro­cesses that have cul­mi­nated in these re­sults at the top end of the mar­ket are be­ing passed down through the prices ranges to the Bin 311 Tum­barumba and Koo­nunga Hill Chardon­nay ranges.

Both these wines are mar­vel­lous value too.

Pen­folds se­nior white wine­maker Kym Schroeter.

With John Jens

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