Penfolds Vintage Fortified 2016 Bottle


Vintage Fortified 2016

A contemporary take on Australian fortified wine, the 2016 Vintage Fortified demonstrates the purest form of Penfolds ‘House Style’.

Fruit for this exceptional wine was selected with fruit density and structure in mind. The wine is made using a two stage fortification method. The initial fortification uses Penfolds distinctive spirit which reinforces the backbone of our House Style. This is then followed by a second fortification, where a special spirit is added to integrate all components, adding final layers of complexity and depth.

A richer and possibly more Australian traditional expression of this fortified style. 



When To Drink

Peak drinking now - 2040.


This 2016 vintage release sees the reintroduction of the classic Penfolds vintage style fortified, last produced in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

Taste Description

Dense and dark core with a vibrant red hue

Dense, ripe primary fruit with the first layers of bottle age emerging. 
Upon opening it takes a minute for the fresh plums, spice, chocolate and vanilla to emerge. Dark fruits continue to develop with the emergence of aniseed, dark mocha and liquorice root to add complexity.

Layered and complex with ripe mulberry, roasted beetroot, raspberry, liquorice and dark chocolate. 
The palate is dense and textured, accented with gravelly ripe tannins which balances the palate giving drive and length of finish.

Vintage Conditions

The autumn and winter months across South Australia were cool and dry, with below long-term average rainfall continuing through spring and summer. The early part of summer was warm with good sunshine, resulting in ideal growing conditions. Late rainfall in January and February ensured optimal vine health. With ideal conditions continuing through to late summer and autumn, grapes achieved even and optimal maturity.

Technical Information

Origin: South Australia.

Maturation: Four months in seasoned oak vats prior to bottling

Variety: Shiraz, Cabernet and Touriga Nacional

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 19%, Acidity: 5.1 g/L, pH: 3.77

The ultimate primal expression of all that is Penfolds fortified, captured in a single wine."

James Godfrey

Penfolds Global Fortified and Spirit Winemaker