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5 May 2011

2011 Release of Penfolds Flagship Wines

Much global excitement and anticipation precedes every Penfolds May Release. May 2011 will not be an exception, and in fact more ‘noise’ than normal may well prevail—Penfolds is loudly proclaiming the worth and depth of all wines, but in particular those that spawn from the 2008 vintage.

Yes, the 2011 release spans four vintages, however, the core of this release is 2008. A South Australian heatwave (March 3-17) has been well documented. In winemaking, timing is everything. The wines below are testament to viticultural and winemaking sensitivities—in vineyards, in the Nuriootpa and Magill wineries.

This 2011 release includes the following offer:

2006 Penfolds Grange—RRP: from $599
2008 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay—RRP: $129.99—Cellar Door Only
2008 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon—RRP: $189.99
2008 Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz—RRP: $174.99
2008 Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz—RRP: $114.99—Cellar Door Only
2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz—RRP: $89.99
2009 Penfolds Reserve Bin 09A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay—RRP: $89.99

These flagship wines strive to deliver the ultimate Penfolds tasting experience. The overall detail in these wines is both heightened and focused. To sustain this level of quality, winemaking practice involves relentless thought, refinement and selection.

Conditions leading into the 2008 vintage provided the perfect environment to craft classic and long-lived Penfolds wines. 2008 reflects impressive wines of great quality, colour and fruit intensity. Release highlights include the Penfolds Grange—a Grange release that one would expect from the 2006 vintage. Penfolds 2008 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon is benchmark 707 displaying fruit definition, complexed flavours and aromatics, density, harmony and persistence. Penfolds 2008 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz a contender for our best Penfolds RWT Shiraz… yet released? And of course, the 2009 Penfolds Bin A Chardonnay Adelaide Hills already adorned with eight trophies and gold medals at National Wine Shows, pre-release.

Testament to the pedigree of the release, five wines are included in Langton’s Classification V, a recognised indicator of Australia’s best performing and most prized wines in the secondary market.
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