By Deborah Jackson, editor National Liquor News
Penfolds celebrated the new vintage release of The Penfolds Collection 2015, a family of fine wines, led by the flagship 2011 Grange, at a gala event held in Shanghai last night.
The exclusive event hosted by Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago was attended by more than 300 international guests.
The evening also marked the premier of ‘The Story of Grange’, a short film showcasing the extraordinary tale of Grange and its creator, Max Schubert.
Narrated by Russell Crowe, the film is set to a musical score created by Australian screen-composer, David Hirschfelder. Attending the event, Hirschfelder led the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra for a special live performance.
Penfold's chief winemaker, Gago, said the night was a celebration in every sense of the word.
"To release our Penfolds Collection in this setting, in this place, is both timely and symbolically important. For well over two decades Penfolds wines have been purveyed in China. It is a proud moment to launch our new release wines to the world out of this great city Shanghai,” he said.
Officially unveiled for the first time outside of the winery’s home in Australia, the Collection’s 2015 debut saw guests enjoy new release wines paired with a culinary experience by Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant’s head chef Scott Huggins.
The Penfolds Collection 2015 spans five vintages across 20 individual wines of provenance, all proudly displaying the Penfolds ‘House Style.’
The wines in this collection are available globally at leading fine wine retailers around the world.