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Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.
Cellar Reserve Sangiovese was first released in the 1998 and is sourced exclusively from the Barossa Valley. This Italian variety has adapted extremely well to Australian conditions. The fruit is particularly intense, with small berries, strong colours, deep flavours and slinky, dry tannin structures.
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking window now - 2024.
Exotic smoked cod (not anchovy) and wilted cavil nero aromas abound.
No new oak, yet captivating impressions of cedar and French oak polish.
A tapenade of sun-dried tomatoes, olives - very Sangiovese!
Savoury, with a tempting nori (seaweedy) presence.
A mouth-watering acidity courting firm yet ripe tannins … and artichoke/capsicum/caper/olive paste flavours.
A long and wide palate profile. Substantial.
Origin: Barossa Valley, South Australia. Average age of vines is 25–30 years.
Maturation: 16 months in seasoned French oak barriques.
Since the first commercial vintage in 1998, the wines have steadily improved in both definition and character. Sourcing now includes a vineyard in Marananga, a sub-region of the Barossa Valley.
The grapes are hand harvested and crushed into open wax lined fermenters at Magill Estate and matured in seasoned French oak barriques before being bottled without fining or filtration.