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Penfolds Cellar Reserve Pinot 05 Penfolds South Australia Red 2005

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Penfolds Pinot Noir Cellar Reserve 2005Producer Notes: The Penfolds Cellar reserve style continues to evolve. Using a selection from high altitude, cool climate adelaide hills vineyards, a major win

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Penfolds Wines:
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

External Reviews for Penfolds Cellar Reserve Pinot 05 Penfolds South Australia Red

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

Penfolds Pinot Noir Cellar Reserve 2005Producer Notes: The Penfolds Cellar reserve style continues to evolve. Using a selection from high altitude, cool climate adelaide hills vineyards, a major win


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/31/2008

Penfolds specializes in rich red wines but has also dabbled in Pinot Noir territory. Full of dark fruits, medium-bodied and made to be enjoyed today.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
06/15/2010

Penfolds Pinot Noir Cellar Reserve 2005Producer Notes: The Penfolds Cellar reserve style continues to evolve. Using a selection from high altitude, cool climate adelaide hills vineyards, a major winemaking objective is to craft a wine that is both complex while young, and yet has the capacity to evolve and mature admirably. as these hills Pinot Noir vines age (especially those from selected new clones) and a balanced yield ensues, this marque can only improve. This release was hand picked and the various parcels were coldsoaked in open fermenters in the Magill Estate Winery for four days prior to fermentation, using natural yeasts. The base wines were taken off skins directly to barriques, where they remained on gross lees for eight months prior to the first racking. Press Notes: Wine Advocate # 167 Oct 2006 Robert Parker 89, Drink: 2006 - 2012, "There are some terrific red wine bargains in Penfolds portfolio. But first, some unusual, but successful reds are being released in the United States. The 2005 Pinot Noir Cellar Reserve (all from Adelaide Hills) displays an authentic Pinot Noir character in its bouquet of sweet and sour cherries, dried herbs, forest floor, and nicely integrated wood as well as acidity. Bottled unfined and unfiltered after spending nine months in equal parts new and old French barriques, it possesses a beautiful texture, surprising weight, and a European sensibility. This beauty demonstrates how far this estates winemaking team has progressed in making high class Pinot. It should drink well for 5-6 years."




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