Penfolds: “From 1844 to Evermore”

Penfolds: “From 1844 to Evermore”

Penfolds Winery

© Penfolds Winery

While young by European standards, Penfolds of Australia has a rich history that dates to 1844 when Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfolds and his wife Mary purchased the Mackgill estate of 500 acres of choice land outside Adelaide. But what makes this truly extraordinary is that it was Mary who oversaw the estate and early wine making efforts. These first wines, made of Grenache, were prescribed as tonics for the Doctor’s anemic patients.

But the estate rapidly gained in reputation and saw success, particularly in the colonies of Victoria and New South Whales, in the 1870’s as Mary Penfolds partnered with her son-in-law Thomas Hyland and cellar master Joseph Gillard. In keeping with the trends of the time, the estate produced powerful, full-bodied wines, particularly of an Italian Style as it appealed to the immigrant population that arrived after World War II.

Penfolds Cellar

© Penfolds Cellar

But it was Max Schubert, who made his way to Europe after World War II to learn more about winemaking strategies and policies, who would define the heart of Penfolds. He planned to focus on the production of Sherry but a trip to Bordeaux inspired his passion for red wine and the long lived Australian wine he called Grange.  At once powerful, concentrated and balanced, this wine had no serious competitor and led the development of Australian wines. The house also became known for being the first to utilize French oak barrels and developing multi-regional blends.

This Australian producer has become one of the largest and most important in the country, producing close to one-third of Southern Australian wines. With the objective of offering the best possible wines for each vintage, despite the constraints and difficulties of each year, the Brand has created its own unique universe and customer relationships. Today this singular brand has a presence in five key regions including Barossa Valley, Magill Estate, Eden Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. More than just a single good bottle and excellent quality, Penfolds offers to consumers a wide range of unique sensual experiences.

The Wines of Penfolds

  • Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2011
  • Saint Henri 2011
Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 201190+ Points, Robert Parker. “Deep garnet-purple in color and possessing a great aromatic core of blackberries and black plums with nuances of cedar, aniseed, damp earth and charcoal, the medium to full-bodied 2011 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz has a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and refreshing acid cutting through the muscular berry and earth flavors before finishing with good persistence.”

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Penfolds St: Henri Shiraz 2011 90+ Points, Robert Parker. “Made with fruit sourced from McLaren Vale, Barossa and Adelaide Hills and aged 12 months in large, old oak barrels, the deep garnet-purple colored 2011 St. Henri Shiraz puts forward quite a peppery, meaty and earthy nose enveloping a good core of fresh cassis, mulberries and warm plums plus a touch of cinnamon. A little earthy, lean and woody in the mouth and framed by medium levels of chewy tannin, it is still tight though finishes long.”

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