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Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinificationand style.
Cellar Reserve Sangiovese was first released in the 1990’s and is sourced exclusively from the Barossa Valley. This Italian variety has adapted extremely well to Australian conditions. The fruit is particularly intense, with small berries, strong colours, deep flavours and slinky, dry tannin structures.
This wine is naturally fermented in the Penfolds Magill Estate vintage cellar in open fermenters and later matured in seasoned French oak barriques.
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking window now - 2022.
Sangiovese fruits, Sangiovese spices … where to start?!
Revealed without as much as a swirl -Christmas pudding with custard –roasted nuts, maraschino cherry, nutmeg… also caramelisedshallots.
No oak to speak of? Barely.
A finely-woven texture etched with tingling Sangiovese acidity.
Black olive puree/tapenade flavours propel fruits across palate.
An inky impression, graphite, background oak and mouth-coating tannins… All linked.
Barossa by birthright, Tuscany by inspiration, Cellar Reserve by Penfolds.
Origin: Barossa Valley, South Australia. Average age of vines is 25–30 years.
Maturation: 12 months in seasoned French oak barriques.
Since the first commercial vintage in 1998, the wines have steadily improved in both definition and character. Sourcing now includes a vineyard in Marananga, a sub-region of the Barossa Valley.
The grapes are hand harvested and crushed into open wax lined fermenters at Magill Estate and matured in seasoned French oak barriques before being bottled without fining or filtration.