Penfolds Special Bottlings Lot 020 Special Release Brandy

Penfolds Special Bottlings

Lot. 020 Special Release Brandy

Introducing this 20 year old blend as the latest addition to Penfolds range of brandies, a spirit that celebrates our tradition of barrel maturing and blending to a House Style.
The blend contains components from four batches across three vintages: 1976, 1985 and 1999. Portions of these were finished in Reserve Bin A Chardonnay barriques and Grandfather Rare Tawny hogsheads to build complexity. Time in oak supported the harmonious integration of each component to ensure no individual spirit dominated the blend. Finally, the liqueuring of Penfolds Great Grandfather 30 Year Old Rare Tawny provides a signature Penfolds finish.

When To Drink
Fully matured and bottled for your immediate enjoyment. 
Taste Description

Colour
Dense olive green with highlights of yellow at the edge.

Nose
The aromatics are complex and balanced. Notes of caramel, toffee and butterscotch seamlessly meld into orange zest and citrus rind. On closer inspection, there is a distinctive vanilla bean character, reminiscent of anglaise. The spice dimension, possibly oak derived, suggests caraway seed and a hint of cardamom.

Palate
The mouth fills with flavour, with remarkable focus and tremendous length. This is where the influence of Penfolds Great Grandfather Rare Tawny shows its greatest influence. Layer upon layer of flavour with an intensity enhanced by oak tannins from chardonnay barrels and the depth and complexity of the tawny. It takes time to unfurl, a very pleasurable journey of discovery.

Maturation
Select components were finished in various oak casks, including French oak barriques used to make Reserve Bin A Chardonnay and hogsheads used to mature Grandfather Rare Tawny. The youngest blending component was put in oak on 22nd August 1999. However, the average blended age is 28 years.
Blending

The older vintages add depth and intensity to the blend, contributing elements only derived from spirit of significant age.
The final part of the blend is the liqueuring addition of Penfolds Great Grandfather 30 Year Old Rare Tawny, which adds further intensity and continues the unmistakable connection to Penfolds fortified wines.

Liquid Analysis
Alc/Vol: 42%

“This wonderful blended brandy celebrates our fortified and spirit winemaking traditions. It strengthens our connection
to Penfolds past, while continuing our journey of experimentation and innovation.”

James Godfrey,

Global Fortified and Spirit Winemaker

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