Friday April 5, 2013: Penfolds Nuriootpa Winery, South Australia – Two of Penfolds rarest wines achieved record-breaking bids today, together with the sale of a rare 2008 Grange Imperial at the 2013 Rare and Distinguished Barossa Wine Auction.
Described by James Halliday as “Australia’s greatest-ever red wine”, the Penfolds Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Kalimna Shiraz 1962, was sold for a world record breaking bid of $7,475*, closely followed with another top bid of $483* for a bottle of Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 1976.
Held on-site at Penfolds Nuriootpa Winery, the live auction featured 144 lots, 14 of which were donated by Penfolds and included the $33,120* sale of the Special Bin Dozen, featuring twelve of the greatest Penfolds red wines from the last half-century.
Presented as the pinnacle lot, direct from the Penfolds Cellar, the highly sought-after 2008 Grange Imperial was purchased by an avid Penfolds collector. One of only six Imperials created, the striking 2008 Grange was purchased for $59,570*, well in advance of the wine’s official May 2 global release, only adding to its rarity.
Penfolds is a long-time supporter of the prestigious, biennial auction, which celebrates the rich winemaking heritage of the Barossa region and sees the proceeds raised go towards the celebrated Barossa Vintage Festival.
*Featured prices include the respective buyer’s premiums.