The winemaking team spend time in the vineyards prior to vintage to work with the viticulturists to ensure the right style of grapes are picked for this wine. The desired fruit profile that the winemaking team look for is one of lovely primary fruit characters with some spice characters as well as skin and seed tannins for palate definition.
Once the fruit has been delivered to the winery, the winemakers ensure that the up front fruit and spice characters are maintained and further enhanced and complexed with oak fermentation and maturation characters, adding a subtle spice and toast to the finished wine.
This classic Australian shiraz cabernet blend is best matched to grilled meat and vegetable dishes.
Tagliatelle with a field mushroom sauce
Spaghetti with spicy tuna and tomato sauce
Australia’s winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds’ influence on Australia’s winemaking psyche.
Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.
Penfolds’ reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.
If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.