Chief wine­maker will have you see­ing red

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - with John Jens

PEN­FOLDS are the most pro­fes­sional and so­phis­ti­cated wine mak­ing and PR ori­ented wine com­pany in Aus­tralia.

Start­ing in Perth some months ago, Peter Gago, Pen­folds’ ar­tic­u­late and en­gag­ing chief, has hosted a se­ries of press tast­ings, state by state, of the 2014 reds be­ing re­leased this month. The re­view­ers’ thoughts were em­bar­goed un­til Oc­to­ber 6.

The Na­tional re­views are now ev­ery­where and most seem to be fo­cus­ing on the se­ri­ous qual­ity (one rated it at 100 points) and price ($1050, not $850) of the great 2012 Grange. One na­tional writer, Tyson Stelzer who is also a sought af­ter pub­lic speaker, au­thor and wine web­site host, states that Pen­folds are Aus­tralia’s great­est force in in­flu­enc­ing the world with re­gards to Aus­tralia’s wines.

This col­umn has been stat­ing that for some years and that Pen­folds wine­mak­ing has never been bet­ter. This view is val­i­dated by Pen­folds ex­tra­or­di­nary growth in sales since Peter Gago took con­trol in about 2004.

De­spite the many ad­di­tional new Bin num­bers and la­bels that have been added in Peter Gago’s time, and Pen­folds’ vast growth in pre­mium wine pro­duc­tion, the sales growth around the world is so strong that the in­di­vid­ual Pen­folds’ red wine la­bels are on far tighter al­lo­ca­tions to each Aus­tralian wine store than ever.

De­spite the num­ber of new la­bels in the port­fo­lio, it is clear that in ev­ery range and style Pen­folds are pro­duc­ing bet­ter wines than ever be­fore. The re­views, the in­ter­na­tional awards and the re­sult­ing sales, con­firm this. Pen­folds Yat­tarna Chardon­nay 2015. Quite sim­ply the great­est Yat­tarna, and one of Aus­tralia’s great­est six chardon­nays ever. 19.1 points and $169.50

Pen­folds Bin 138 Barossa Val­ley Shi­raz 2014 (Gre­nache, Shi­raz, Mataro)

A lower keyed and more de­li­cious red than pre­vi­ously. Long, fine, seam­less and easy. Soft and re­strained – and yet pure and juicy.

Bri­ary mataro hints add in­ter­est. Mar­vel­lous and with the 2013, the best Bin 138 to date. 18.3 points and $49.50.

Pen­folds chief wine­maker Peter Gago.

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