31 January 2014

Half a century of average age, it's ready. Not for the cellar, the trophy cabinet or the mantelpiece. Open, Share, Indulge.


Fortified winemaking at Penfolds reflects a link with yesteryear evoking memories of the past dating back to the 1850s and the first plantings of its founder, Dr. Christopher Penfold, at Magill Winery in South Australia. The craft of fortified winemaking continues at Penfolds today, with the tawny style focusing on the synergies of multiple components in a blending blueprint honouring the house style.

Many of these beautifully concentrated and complex wines are living history thrust back into another millennium and now transcending the passage of three centuries. The 50 Year Old Rare Tawny is a symbol of Penfolds heritage, typifying collaboration and shared creative expression. It embodies craftsmanship and an intervowen dexterity of winemaking and time. The wine encased captures the legacy of past and the aspirations of present winemakers, spanning almost a century of fortified history in one blend.


The Penfolds 50 Year Old Rare Tawny is much more than a celebration of creative artistic endeavour. It is the ultimate reflection of a Penfolds philosophy that binds together generations of like-minded Penfolds Winemakers.

The Penfolds mindset honours time-proven tradition, style, innovation and quality above all else. Not unlike the winemakers who set aside an exception vintage nearly a century ago in 1915, there is a profound understanding of the unique legacy that each generation leaves for the next.

So when you open the Penfolds 50 Year Old Rare Tawny, you are tapping into the spirit and vigour of winemakers who had the foresight to preserve the best vintages of their age to care for their successors.

Today, the Penfolds stable of fortifieds carries on a fine legacy with a respected collection including Penfolds Club Tawny to the Great Grandfather Rare Tawny, first released in 1994 to celebrate Penfolds 150th anniversary.


Respected Australian glass artist Nick Mount was commissioned to create a bottle design worthy of its contents. The uniquely designed and individually hand-crafted bottle is the artistic equivalent of a snowflake: every one recognisably a fortified bottle but each with ever-so slight variations, the enduring mark of being skillfully hand-blown and hand-assembled.

The passion and technical skill of blowing glass by hand; the precision of the hand-turned wooden stoppers crafted from history-soaked timbers of old Penfolds fortified barrels; the painstaking hours of positioning and attaching each pewter crest and hand-twisting every muselet wire: these time-honoured artisanal skills have created a beautifully tailored receptacle for this long-awaited Tawny.


The ultimate balance, vitality and integration created are part of the winemaker skill-set, distinguishing the creation of a special wine from just an aged blend. The magic of this wine is its freshness and vibrancy. The palate is silky and luscious with concentrated flavours of mocha, chocolate, and fruit cake that evolve and develop into salted plum and savoury spice, lingering on and on in a perfectly balanced finish. The wine is best appreciated immediately on release to ensure that balance and vitality is optimally captured and enjoyed.

Download the 50 Year Old Rare Tawny Tasting Note


Penfolds 50 Year Old Rare Tawny is proudly available from Penfolds Cellar Doors for RRP $3,550.00 AUD and Global Travel Retail.

To submit your expression of interest in purchasing one of the 330 bottles available globally:

Contact Penfolds Barossa Cellar Door