Penfolds Cellar Reserve Shiraz 750ml


Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style. This is the first release of a 100% Cellar Reserve Shiraz. The outstanding harvest afforded us an opportunity to source small parcels of high-grade shiraz to craft something different and contemporary.

The Cellar Reserve Shiraz is a modern interpretation of this highly coveted varietal, showcasing the tangible benefit of blending across regions. Large format French oak puncheons and well-seasoned vats were used to mature the blend. An altogether new interpretation of our most recognised grape varietal.

Pomegranate molasses entices, unfurling across the mid-palate. Mulberry leaf suggestive of cooler fruits. Slatey/granite like tannins create a well-defined and textural palate. Tightly coiled, chalky finish. Pomegranate acidity interplays with structure and texture well, everything in place, complete. Subtle oak character is detected, some spice coming through, although it’s predominantly fruit forward.

Near long-term average rainfall in winter and spring provided good soil moisture profiles and encouraged canopy development, while helping to mitigated frost risk. Spring was warmer than average, with some welcome rain during September and October. From November to harvest it was generally dry and warm, with a peak temperature of 38.2°C recorded in McLaren Vale on the 27th of November. For the most part, mild weather prevailed over the summer months with only one short hot spell in January. Three consecutive days of rain in early February freshened up the vines during veraison. Mild conditions from February until harvest were optimal for slow and steady ripening of shiraz grapes. Harvest was an orderly affair, with some exceptional parcels set aside for the Cellar Reserve Shiraz.

Alcohol: 14.5%

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