Penfolds moves on to whites
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.