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 1994, to commemorate 150 years of winemaking by Penfolds, a special blend of the finest and oldest components of Grandfather Tawny was created. This blend, befitting its great age and quality, was named Great Grandfather.


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With an average age of over fifteen years, Great Grandfather is refined and possesses an incredible intensity of flavour.

In 1844 Christopher Rawson Penfold planted vines on the slopes of Magill to produce fortified wines. This tradition now dates back over 165 years.
Penfolds Great Grandfather Rare Tawny, a special blend of the finest and oldest components of Grandfather Tawny, was first introduced in 1994 to celebrate Penfolds’ 150th anniversary. Great Grandfather, blended from exceptional aged Solera (a stacked blending system) material, contains the oldest parcels from the Solera.

This wine is immensely complex and powerful. The maturation Grandfather style relies on a fuller spirit for fortification and extended small old oak maturation to gain overall complexity and optimum balance.

Great Grandfather Rare Tawny is Penfolds’ rarest wine; only 1000 bottles are available each release. The first release, in 1994, deliberately comprised 1994 bottles.

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  • Show Name & Year
  • Award & Class
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Great Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Royal Brisbane Wine Show 2010
    GOLD
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Great Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show 2008
    GOLD - Class 59
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Great Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2009
    GOLD - Class 58
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Great Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Barossa Wine Show 2008
    GOLD - Class 23B
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Great Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Barossa Wine Show 2009
    TROPHY - Class 23B
    Trophy Details
    The Tarac Technologies Pty Ltd Trophy for best museum red fortified wine, classes 23 & 24
  • Penfolds Fortified Wines Great Grandfather Rare Tawny
    Barossa Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 23B