The Penfolds 2016 Collection Is Released At A Black Tie Gala
Penfolds Release Their 2016 Collection At Black Tie Gala
When Penfolds releases a wine collection, they certainly don’t hold back. They recently invited members of the global Penfolds community to a black tie gala that was held at their spiritual homeland, the Magill Estate in South Australia. During the opulent evening, guests witnessed the release of the Penfolds 2016 Collection and partnership with Saint Louis, Europe’s most respected French glassmaker. The main event, however, was the 62nd consecutive vintage release of Grange served in no less than a $185,000 Saint Louis crystal imperial service vessel – one of five in the world made exclusively for the 2012 Penfolds Grange.
The Penfolds 2016 Collection features 19 different wines made from across five different vintages.
Staying true to philosophy, the collection can be “opened and enjoyed now, or potentially over the next four or more decades”, says Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker.
One impressive wine to note is the 2014 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz ($90). The Bin 389 has recently been recognised as Australia’s most collected wine in a list identifying the most collectable wines in the country. We tasted the Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz and it comes highly recommended from us and, more importantly, from the many Penfolds winemakers we spoke with.
Throughout the night, we were treated to an impressive 8-course degustation prepared by partner duo and co-head chefs Scott Huggins and Emma McCaskill of the Penfolds Magill Estate restaurant. Rock lobster, caviar, foie gras, Australian wagyu and fortified poached pear were all on the menu – the range of food on offer was nothing short of first class. Each course was expertly paired with a wine from the collection and occasionally served with the same wine from a vintage a decade earlier. It’s safe to say that we’ve never experienced wine pairing quite so good as we did at Penfolds. For the main course, it was an exceptional experience to taste a 2002 Grange alongside the 2012 vintage. For dessert, we were served a 50-year-old rare tawny port ($3200). Let’s just say it’s a night we won’t be forgetting any time soon…
The Penfolds 2016 collection is available now from select fine wine stores and Penfolds Cellar Doors – Magill Estate Winery and Barossa Valley Cellar Door.
2012 Grange $850.00
2014 Yattarna Chardonnay $150.00
2014 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon $500.00
2014 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz $200.00
2014 Magill Estate Shiraz $130.00
2013 St Henri Shiraz $100.00
2015 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay $100.00
2014 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz $90.00
2014 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon $90.00
2014 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz $90.00
2014 Kalimna® Bin 28 Shiraz $45.00
2014 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz $45.00
2014 Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro $45.00
2015 Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir $45.00
2015 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay $45.00
2016 Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling $30.00
2014 Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro $35.00
2014 Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz $45.00
2014 Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon $35.00
For more info on the new Penfolds collection head to penfolds.com.