One of the oldest wineries in Australia, Penfolds has been making fine wine since 1844. Famous for the flagship Penfolds Grange wine, this historic winemaker is also known for its Special Bin releases.

Penfolds is the most awarded winery at international wine shows. The company has its roots in Adelaide, but for half a century it has also pursued vineyard holdings elsewhere.

Penfolds Wine

Penfolds winery was founded by Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, who were born in England. They emigrated to Australia in 1844 and bought 500 acres of land at Magill.

Soon after, the entrepreneurial couple planted vines that they brought with them from France. Mary’s husband was busy with his doctor’s practice and she took the lead in developing the Magill Estate. Mary was a self taught winemaker, who had the grapes blended to her own taste.

A Penfolds vineyard in Australia
A Penfolds vineyard in Australia

Penfolds Winemaking Team

These days, Chief Winemaker Peter Gago is responsible for helping the inimitable Penfolds house style to thrive. Peter’s passion for wine has always run deep and he took over the reins at Penfolds in 2004.

Peter makes his commitment to learn about each region very clear: “I go out there myself at least every other vintage, I might take someone with me, but I want to have a good feel for the region myself.”

Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago
Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago

The Penfolds Ethos

Penfolds has had a longstanding relationship with the greatest winemakers in the world and this has lead them to long term partnerships with these noted individuals. The wineries have given Penfolds access to their prized vineyards, enabling them to hand pick and source some of the best and most prized grapes.

Penfolds has also created the Limited Edition release program which began in 1989 and quickly gained popularity. These world-class wines are released with very limited quantities and make Penfolds wines harder to get a hold of, but this adds to their mystique and makes them more desirable.

Penfolds’ winemaking team is committed to protecting the environment and providing sustainable practices that benefit future generations. Penfolds currently have several organic vineyards in Australia.

Grapes from this Wratonbully vineyard are used in Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
Grapes from this Wratonbully vineyard are used in Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Penfolds Grange

In 1951, Penfolds’ first Chief Winemaker, Max Schubert, created Grange Hermitage – now simply known as Grange and widely recognised as Australia’s greatest wine. Made from Shiraz grapes and aged for between two to four years in oak barrels, the wine is often referred to as “the greatest red wine made anywhere on earth.” The 2008 Grange vintage was ranked #1 of Top 10 Australian Wine by Robert Parker with a score of 100 points as well as by Wine Spectator.

Grange flavors are intense and complex. The nose has blackberry fruit with hints of violet and fresh mint that can be detected even before tasting the first sip. The flavor itself is deep with both dark chocolate and ripe fruits including blueberries mixed together with pepper spice notes lingering at the finish.

Penfolds Bin Numbers

Most Penfolds wine is given a bin number that stands for Batch Identification Number. This isn’t an indicator of quality, but corresponds to the cellar area where the wines are stored before being sold.

Penfolds Australia Collection 2021

Penfolds has now unveiled its latest release. The Penfolds Australia Collection 2021 includes 15 different vintages that span half a decade.

This unique wine collection was recently presented at a special launch at 67 Pall Mall in London, that we were fortunate to attend. Our personal favorites were Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 and Magill Estate Shiraz 2019. The latter is harvested by hand from one of the world’s rare urban single vineyards.

Set to become as popular as the iconic Penfolds Wine of the World releases, this new collection represents the Penfolds commitment to sustainable viticulture and winemaking and their dedication to winemaking excellence.

Magill Estate Cellar Door wine barrels
Magill Estate Cellar Door wine barrels

Penfolds are known for their Australian red wines, particularly their world-class Shiraz wines. Bin 150 Maranga Shiraz 2019 offers a rich and full flavor. If you’re looking to try something new in a wine tasting at home, give this Australian Shiraz from Barossa Valley a try!

The Penfolds Collection Australia 2021 includes several famous wines such as St Henri Shiraz (2018 release), and Grange (2017 release). These wines are representative of different vintages which have been selected for their superior quality.

There will also be two new wines inspired by Italy’s “Super Tuscans”, Superblend A and B. Superblend A has just been released, while Superblend B will be launched in 2022.

Here is the full list of the Penfolds Australia Collection 2021:

Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling 2021
Bin 311 Chardonnay 2020
Yattarana Bin 144 Chardonnay 2019
Bin 23 Pinot Noir2020
Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro2019
Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz2019
Bin 28 Shiraz2019
Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz 2019
Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2019
St Henri Shiraz 2018
Magill Estate Shiraz 2019
RWT Bin 798 Barossa Valley Shiraz2019
Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Bin 95 Grange 2017
Superblend A  2018
Penfolds wine collection
Penfolds wine collection

Penfolds at Oeno House

If you’re keen to sample Grange by the glass, Oeno House in London is the place to go. During October 2021, they’ll be offering this iconic wine by the glass as well as in the usual bottle format.

Located in the historic Royal Exchange building, this fine wine boutique holds fascinating wine tastings led by Justin Knock, Chief Wine Analyst at Oeno Group. There is also in-house storage for wine connoisseurs.

Penfolds wine tasting at Oeno House
Penfolds wine tasting at Oeno House

In Conclusion: Penfolds Australia Collection

In summary, the Penfolds Australia Collection 2021 is perfect for those who are looking to try something new in their wine drinking routine, together with some iconic wines such as Grange.

The Penfolds team has been passionate about making the best wine possible for over 175 years. They craft wines that are full-bodied and expressive while maintaining balance.

Penfolds want to make sure that every bottle is a memorable experience by creating distinctive wines from different regions around the world. Which is your favorite Penfolds wine?

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