2013 Tasting Notes

The Penfolds Cellar Reserve labels are based on special vineyards and microsites, new varieties and innovative vinification practices. They are handcrafted, small batch wines made with plenty of love and attention.

The Penfolds Cellar Reserve Viognier was sourced from the Barossa Valley, where the variety is used in small amounts to blend with, or co-ferment with Shiraz in order to add colour, aromatics and texture on the palate.

Viognier is also made in the Barossa as a straight dry white wine and in smaller amounts, as a dessert style wine. Stopping the fermentation process at approximately half way, the Cellar Reserve Viognier is left with residual sugar to produce a sweet, dessert wine style.


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Sourced from the Barossa Valley, this dessert wine has delightful aromatics and a mouthfilling lusciousness.

The Penfolds Cellar Reserve Viognier is sourced from the Barossa Valley, where the variety is often used in small amounts to blend with, or co-ferment with shiraz in order to add colour, aromatics and texture on the palate.

Viognier is also made in the Barossa as a straight dry white wine and in smaller amounts, as a dessert style wine. Stopping the fermentation process at approximately half way, the Cellar Reserve Viognier is left with residual sugar to produce a sweet, dessert wine style.

Penfolds Senior White Winemaker Kym Schroeter has these comments on the Cellar Reserve Viognier:

Colour: "Straw with green / gold hues."

Nose:"An eruption of flavours abound from the glass! Choose from camomile, honey suckle, ripe white peach, lychee and orange blossom. Scrutinise further to reveal yellow rose petal florals!"

Palate: "Intense! Initially, wow!! Soft, luscious, flavoursome! Essence of citrus, Spring blossom and mandarin/orange steeped in rosewater, it’s all there while further assessment unveils a mineral and chalk-like acid structure that offers a crisp, clean finish. Drink now and over the next 3 years."

  • Pannacotta with poached nectarines
  • Washed rind cheese
  • Fresh berries with clotted cream
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