Penfolds Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Cellar Reserve

Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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 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.


Taste Description

Pale white gold with pale green hues.

Distinctive Australian fresh and crisp Sauvignon Blanc from a single vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.
Arresting pungent aromatics – Boxwood, passionfruit pulp, grated lemon zest and lemon thyme.

Lemon thyme persists onto the palate amid nettle and white grapefruit with subtle fresh apple cucumber and orange blossom undertones.
Owing to a small percentage of oak fermentation and maturation, a meringue creaminess texture is revealed rousing the senses whilst fine/chalky acidity adds wonderful persistence and poise.
No sharp edges – just beautifully balanced. Best served chilled, enjoy!

When To Drink

Peak drinking window: now

Vintage Conditions

Above-average winter and spring rainfall offered the vines in the Adelaide Hills healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Cool days and cooler nights slowed vine growth in early spring with temperatures warming in October. A mild and mostly dry start to summer was followed by two significant rain events in February. The lower than average temperatures and abundant rainfall during the growing season and veraison slowed vintage and challenged both winemakers and viticulturists alike. Consequent slower ripening translated into longer hang time on the vine and beautiful flavour development.


Technical Information

Origin: Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

Maturation: 28% seasoned French oak, with the balance in stainless steel.

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc.

First Vintage: 2014.