TEXT: Iwan Martinus Putuhena; PHOTOS: Penfolds
After touring across the globe, the Australian winemaker Penfolds landed in Bangkok last month to unveils its celebrated collection. The Southeast Asian debut for the new vintage release of The Penfolds Collection 2018 was held at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort with the renowned backdrop of the Chao Phraya river and hosted by Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago.
“We have been in Southeast Asia for decades and today, I am honoured to unveil Collection 2018 at the crossroads of the region, here in Bangkok. The Penfolds Collection 2018 is 174 years of cumulative endeavour and One reason to celebrate,” says Peter Gago before the toast.
Born of a pioneering spirit in 1844, Penfolds has captivated global wine lovers with a rich heritage and commitment to fine wines for nearly 175 years. This year, the unveiling of The Penfolds Collection 2018 was led by the 64th consecutive release of Grange.
Penfolds Collection 2018 is a testament to their distinctive and recognisable Penfolds ‘House Style’ - the ultimate expression of Penfolds time-honoured tradition of sourcing the best fruit from the best regions, and each wine in this release adds another chapter to our long lineage. With careful cellaring, these wines will gradually evolve and reward patience.
The flagship Grange is the result of discovery, faith, doubt and triumph with a story as rich as the wine. The 2014 Grange release is true to what Max Schubert, Penfolds’ first Chief Winemaker and creator of Grange, first imagined Grange should be - a wine that can stand on its own two feet throughout the world and would be capable of improvement year on year.
While Grange leads the charge, each wine within the Collection has its own individual ‘style’, the continuity of which takes precedence over the region, vineyard and origin, even the portions of varietal blends.
The rest of the 2018 collection namely; 2016 Yattarna, 2016 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz, 2016 Magill Estate Shiraz, 2015 St Henri, 2017 Reserve Bin A Chardonnay, 2016 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, 2016 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz, 2016 Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz, 2016 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz, 2016 Bin 138 Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mataro, 2017 Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, 2017 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay, 2018 Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling.
2014 Grange – First Vintage 1951
The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district, blending philosophy. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.
2016 Yattarna – First Vintage 1995
Launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage, Yattarna is the result of one of the most comprehensive, focused and highly publicised wine development projects ever conducted in Australia. A multi-district blend selectively sourcing the very best Chardonnay fruit from cool-climate regions, coupled with sensitive winemaking, the style continues to evolve.
2016 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz – First Vintage 1960
Bin 389 is often referred to as ‘Baby Grange’, in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. It combines the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz and exemplifies the judicious balance of fruit and oak.
2017 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay – First Vintage 2005
Bin 311 Chardonnay truly reflects the winemakers’ mantra ‘we always go where the fruit grows best and where it best suits style.’ In 2017, the fruit sourcing moved to multi-regional cool-climate regions; Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Tumbarumba.