Cellar Reserve

Cellar Reserve Barossa Valley Viognier 2016

Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.  

Cellar Reserve Viognier is made from grapes sourced from a long-term Penfolds grower vineyard in the Barossa Valley. A lush dessert-style Cellar Reserve offering, this wine is a refreshing take on the more traditional Viognier style and offers a light dry mouth-feel on the finish. 


When To Drink

Drinking well, but will improve with careful cellaring.  Peak drinking window now - 2029.

Taste Description

Medium gold straw.

An instant propulsion of aromatics arise from the glass - fresh florals (jasmine ) and white stone fruits (nectarine and peach).
More complexing aromas appear with a swirl of the glass and a little air - stewed apricot, white fig and orange marmalade, with the faintest waft of ginger.

An explosion of flavours, viscosity and lusciousness.
The richness of a dried apricot/marmalade/preserved lemon compote is offset by non-cloying fresh tropical fruits and orange/lemon citrus.
A tangy, lemon sherbet-like acidity explodes in the mouth inducing a wonderful synergy of sweetness and acidity.
A compelling balance.
Effortless drinkability.

Technical Information

Origin: Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Maturation:A compliant 6 month sojourn in stainless steel.

Variety: Viognier.

Vintage Conditions

The start of the growing season was approximately one week late with bud-burst and shoot growth relatively even across the region. Flowering started in October and lasted approximately one week.

Spring and summer were very dry with rainfall well below average. The mild summer with a lack of heat extremes ensured the fruit was able to ripen evenly and develop desirable flavours.

First Vintage: 2009