Chief winemaker will have you seeing red
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.