To provide a comprehensive tasting analysis of the Penfolds portfolio of wines, both upon their release and today, there are two different types of tasting notes available for download on penfolds.com.
Vintage release tasting notes are written by Penfolds winemakers for each wine at the time of their release and include a general overview of the wine, maturation details, vintage conditions and commentary on the colour, nose, palate and peak drinking period of the wine.
As the wines mature and evolve with time, tasting commentary is provided and excerpted from The Rewards of Patience (seventh edition) for most of Penfolds back vintage wines. Every five years Penfolds opens up its museum collection for an international panel of 30 independent and wine critics and commentators who join the winemaking team in tasting almost 500 wines from varying vintages across the Penfolds portfolio. Their tasting notes and recommendations, together with an in-depth historic account of the Penfolds story, are published in the book The Rewards of Patience (Seventh Edition) the ultimate wine enthusiast 'form guide' to all-things Penfolds.