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Linley collaboration celebrates 170 years of winemaking
01 JANUARY 2014
In 2014 we proudly unveiled a remarkable collaboration to mark 170 years of winemaking heritage. In its anniversary year, 'LINLEY for Penfolds' celebrated the birthplace of Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold, the founder of Penfolds, and the ultimate expression of artisan craftsmanship.
The collaboration brought together an extraordinary commission to befit an extraordinary wine, the 2010 Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz. Created only once before in 1973, Bin 170 is a single block, single vineyard wine, sourced exclusively from old vines planted in the ancient soils of Block 3C, Kalimna Vineyard located in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
To commemorate this limited edition fine wine release, we commissioned British cabinet maker, David Linley, through his luxury brand LINLEY, to create a number of bespoke signature cases using time-honoured and modern techniques.
The collaboration was inspired by Max Schubert's 'secret' Grange vintages and celebrates the 'secret craft' of winemaking passed down from generation to generation. The result was a symbolic connection of two countries through history and materials – English oak from the birthplace of Penfolds founder Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold and fumed eucalyptus reflecting his new home, Australia.
In total, seven imperial (six litre) bottle cases were crafted for the collaboration, featuring the attention to detail, ingenuity, creative spirit and sophistication that the LINLEY brand is renowned for. Each featured a bespoke compass marked with precision engraving. To open one must turn the jade inset dial to the longitude and latitude coordinates of Magill Estate (-34, 138) – Penfolds spiritual home. Only then can the case be opened, to reveal the magnificent imperial bottle within.