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The 50 Year Old Rare Tawny is a symbol of Penfolds heritage, typifying collaboration and shared creative expression.
Amongst the many individual components captured in this wine is the 1915 vintage, reported to be the foundation of the first Grandfather cask. Additionally, the 1940, 1945 vintages, the first two commercial releases of the Grandfather (in 1965 and 1969 respectively) and the first Great Grandfather release (1994). Incorporating the 1915 vintage component from Penfolds precious glass stock reserves means the Penfold 50 Year Old Rare Tawny carries a generic connection to the earliest recorded vintage of Penfolds Grandfather Tawny.
This wine has been aged in small wood for an average of fifty years. Immediately upon release drinking optimally.
Deep olive brown with a distinctive yellow-green edge.
Vibrant and fresh, intensely complex with vanillin, burnt toffee, dark chocolate and Christmas pudding elements all seamlessly integrated.
Silky and luscious with concentrated flavours of mocha, chocolate and fruit cake. These flavours evolve and complex into salted plum and savoury spices, lingering on and on in a perfectly balanced finish.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. Sourced from specifically selected vineyards identified for producing fruit with the characteristics required to produce wines that can successfully undergo the fifty-plus years maturation in old seasoned oak.
Maturation: Maturation in seasoned oak hogsheads. Some components were aged further in the original Grandfather Solera. The 1915 component, after barrel maturation was glass-aged in half-gallon flagons. Vintage components also include 1940, 1945 and various vintages and blends from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including 1959 to 1962, 1971, 1974 and 1987.
Variety: A blend of many varieties that include, but not limited to, Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Cabernet.
For the Series one release in 2013, Penfolds collaborated with glass artist Nick Mount to create 330 units, individually blown and hand crafted to suit the rarity of the wine. The wine encased captures the legacy of past and the aspirations of present winemakers, spanning almost a century of fortified history in one blend.