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Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.
Cellar Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from a single-vineyard near Woodside in the cool-climate region of the Adelaide Hills. Indigenous yeast and the use of French oak has created a Sauvignon Blanc that overtly eschews the typical ‘fruit forward’ Australian style. This wine is at once both complex and intriguing.
Drinking at its peak. Drinking window now - 2018.
A wine to defy many preconceived ideas held of this varietal – this wine is unique, interesting, challenging and refreshing!
Undeniable notes of curry leaf, nettle and spice (garam masala, cardamom, cinnamon).
Vibrancy and freshness court via exotic fruits – feijoa, green papaya and passionfruit pulp.
Spicy, textural and complex phenolics achieved via diligent lees stirring.
Definitive structure and background wood spice provide a suggestion of oak tenure.
Feijoa, green papaya and curry leaf provide the integral link between nose and palate.
Origin: Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
Maturation: Six months in French oak barriques (18% new, 36% 1-y.o. and 46% seasoned).
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc.
Spring rainfall was below the long-term average with temperatures slightly above average leading to an early bud-burst. Temperatures were relatively cool during flowering which in part contributed to the reduced yields.
By veraison warmer weather prevailed, allowing grapes to reach optimal ripeness. A significant rainfall event in mid-February slowed harvest, however improved conditions thereafter ensured desired flavour development and acid retention.
First Vintage: 2014