Penfolds has released its 2017 Collection, comprising 17 wines and including the 63rd consecutive release of the brand’s flagship Grange.
The Grange in this year’s collection is the 2013 vintage, which Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago believes will become a classic Grange.
“Six decades after the release of our favourite Grange, the 60 year-old 1953 Grange, this 2013 flexes, prances, twitches,” he said. “Pressure is on. What’s the measure of this four and a half year old?
“2013 – Undoubtedly will soon be universally proclaimed to be a classic ‘Penfolds vintage’ … and indeed over time certified a classic ‘Grange vintage’.
“Not unlike the 2008 Grange – á la style, weight, disposition, cellarability.”
The other reds in the collection come from the 2015 vintage, widely acknowledged to be an outstanding year, and they include: Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz, Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz, Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro, Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro, RWT Bin 798 Barossa Shiraz and Magill Estate Shiraz.
The whites in the Collection are: 2017 Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling, 2016 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay, 2016 Reserve Bin A Chardonnay and 2015 Yattarna Chardonnay.
Speaking about the collection, Gago added: “This release is one to remember and remember we shall as many of these wines will be around for a long time; so by all means partake immediately and attempt to hide some for later.”
In addition to the 2017 Collection, Penfolds has also released a new wine, which has been blended from three Grange vintages, 2008, 2012 and 2014; it has been called g3.
Speaking about the new wine, Gago said “Put simply it’s Penfolds ‘House Style’ distilled. Penfolds g3 is a natural end result of the venerated art of blending. It is a blend where each individual vintage selected delivers a depth of character and flavour honouring our flagship Grange.”