05 January 2014

Penfolds is proud to unveil its 2014 Icon and Luxury Collection. Articulating an authentic voice of fine Australian wine, this exceptional array of wines celebrates Penfolds 170th anniversary of winemaking history in impeccable style.

Released annually, Penfolds Icon and Luxury wines are instantly recognisable amongst wine collectors, with a strong, distinctive individual style and wonderful track record of cellaring performance.

Featuring seven outstanding wines spanning four vintages, this year's release comprises the 2009 Grange, 2010 Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz (limited edition), 2011 Yattarna Chardonnay, 2011 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz, 2011 Magill Estate Shiraz, 2012 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay and lastly 2010 St Henri Shiraz.

Led by the 2009 Grange, which is an approachable follow-up to the 2008 vintage. This year's release is similar in weight to the 2002 vintage and contains more premier fruit from the McLaren Vale and Clare Valley.

Crafted from 98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 is captivating, tempting and alluring, in true Grange style - a wine that is elegant and voluptuous on the palate, yet poised and harmonious.

Whereas fruit for the Grange is multi-regional and sourced for its intensity of flavour, RWT Shiraz is made from single-region Barossa fruit primarily selected for its aromatic qualities. The 2011 is strong, forceful and demands decanting, belying of its vintage and Barossa in every sense. Barossa fruits ascend on the nose, whilst on the palate fine, persistent tannins court blue and black berried fruits, sensitively encapsulating a sweet mid-palate.

The exceptional vintage conditions in 2012 for white wine are also a highlight of this year's release, resulting in the return of the Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay after one year's absence. Crafted from hand-picked fruit that is whole bunch pressed, this is a complex and well-structured wine with great intensity of flavour - a benchmark Bin A from one of the great Adelaide Hills vintages.

Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay, which is made from only the very best fruit from cool-climate regions, is also at the top of its game in vintage 2011. Although a challenging vintage for both winemakers and viticulturalists alike, a small parcel of exceptional Chardonnay was sourced from the Adelaide Hills to compliment the majority Tasmanian component in the 2011 blend. This has led to a seamless, stylish and structured Chardonnay that will reward with patience.

Sourced from the original Magill Vineyard on the edge of Adelaide's eastern suburbs, Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz is a sleek wine crafted in an old fashioned way: hand-picked, vinified in open fermenters and then basket pressed. The 2011 vintage is medium bodied and elegant, supporting 100% new oak, which is testament to a deceptive depth of fruit. The palate is an Amalgam of quandong, redcurrant, sage and ginger flavours, that is tight and refined with fresh, lively acidity.

Not relying on any new oak at all, St Henri Shiraz is a time-honoured, alternative expression of Shiraz first created in the 1950s that is matured in old, 1460 litre vats. The 2010 release is a classic St Henri from a classic year. Made from 100% Shiraz, it delivers all that St Henri is renowned for and more, and could be compared to the excellent 1996 vintage. This is a full-bodied, richly concentrated wine with excellent length driven by waves of intense fruits, a well of unbridled fine tannins, and a wash of awakening acidity. Drink it now or in half a century!

The 2014 Collection is amplified by the launch of the second-only vintage of the Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz. Commemorating Penfolds extraordinary 170-year winemaking heritage, this limited edition, single block, single vineyard wine was produced from the outstanding 2010 vintage.

Each wine in the Icon and Luxury Collection is selected for its unique characters, style and qualities befitting to this inimitable collection. What better way to salute 170 years of a great winemaking culture, enduring philosophy, heritage and provenance, than with this impeccable set of new-release wines for 2014.

The 2014 Icon and Luxury Collection is available now at fine wine stores internationally, the Penfolds Cellar Doors and from penfolds.com (Australian visitors only). 

View tasting notes for each of the wines from the Icon and Luxury Collection below:

2009 Grange
2010 Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz
2011 Yattarna Chardonnay
2011 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz
2011 Magill Estate Shiraz
2012 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
2010 St Henri Shiraz