Tasting Notes

In 1844, Christopher Rawson Penfold planted vines on the slopes of Magill to produce fortified wines. Now the historic bluestone cellars are home to a tradition of fortified winemaking dating back over 150 years.

In 1915, an oak cask containing a blend of the finest tawnies the company possessed was set aside for the exclusive use of the Penfold family. This became known as 'the Grandfather' due to the great age of the oldest tawnies in the blend.


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Known as 'the Grandfather' due to the great age of the oldest tawnies of the blend.

Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny is batch-aged in old oak hogsheads for approximately eight years. After this stage it enters the six-stack ‘Grandfather Solera’, a fractional blending system utilised to maintain consistency in style.

Each year winemakers draw one-twelfth of each barrel from the lowest level of the Solera. The barrel is then topped up from the barrel sitting above it and the process is complete when the barrels on the highest level are one-twelfth empty.

The top barrels then receive the blended eight-year-old Grandfather Tawny. Theoretically, the wine drawn from the lowest level of the Solera is now at least twenty years of age, having been in the fractional blending system for twelve years. 

During the maturation process, the wines become more concentrated and complex; opulence, weight and sweetness is intertwined and balanced by the alcohol, acidity, oak nuances and volatility. Grandfather Rare Tawny, with an average age in excess of fifteen years, has a dense, tawny colour, with rich, nutty aromas and extraordinary intensity on the palate.

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  • Crème brulee
  • Chocolate mud cake
  • Wine Name & Year
  • Show Name & Year
  • Award & Class
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Royal Queensland Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 64
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Rutherglen Wine Show 2008
    GOLD - Class 424
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 61
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Royal Queensland Wine Show 2007
    TOP GOLD - Class 64
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Sydney Royal Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 14
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    The Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2006
    GOLD - Class 68
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show 2008
    GOLD - Class 70
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Sydney Royal Wine Show 2007
    TROPHY - Class 14
    Trophy Details
    The Journalist's Club Trophy for the best Port exhibited in Commercial Classes 14 and the Premium Classes 44 and 45
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    The National Wine Show 2005
    GOLD - Class 72
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 56d
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show 2006
    GOLD - Class 14
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 18
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Barossa Wine Show 2006
    GOLD - Class 15
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Barossa Wine Show 2008
    GOLD - Class 17d
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Perth Royal Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 50
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2006
    TROPHY - Class 31
    Trophy Details
    The David Saldden & Associates Trophy for the Best Vintage, Tawny or Ruby in Show - Trophy doanted by David Sladden & Associates
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2006
    GOLD - Class 31
    Trophy Details
    The David Saldden & Associates Trophy for the Best Vintage, Tawny or Ruby in Show - Trophy doanted by David Sladden & Associates
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2005
    GOLD - Class 26
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2005
    TROPHY - Class 26
    Trophy Details
    The David Sladden & Associates Trophy for Best Port in show, donated by David Sladden & Associated