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Penfolds South Australia Grandfather Fine Old Tawny Port NV

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Wine Tasting notes Deep amber - mahogany in color with the green gold tinges indicative of great age. The nose is extremely complex and fragrant, possessing an array of nutty, vanillin, aged characters melding seamlessly with hints of raisined fruit, malt and lifted spirit. The palate effortlessly displays the famed attributes of great Liqueur Tawny; luscious, rich and full flavored with mouthfilling viscosity and a slightly dry finish. Intense raisined fruit, walnut and toffee flavors harmonise with subtle vanillin oak and rancio complexity before a remarkably long finish.

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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

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Snooth User: Philip James
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1.00 5
09/14/2007

A hot nose of sugar and cherries. Acidic and tannic attack. Very hot and bitter. Lots of residual sugar on the finish. Not good.


Snooth User: catwmn2x
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1.50 5
07/23/2008

One and a half glasses


External Reviews for Penfolds South Australia Grandfather Fine Old Tawny Port

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/15/2009

A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. N.V. Penfolds Grandfather Fine Old Tawny 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/10/2009

A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. N.V. Penfolds Grandfather Fine Old Liqueur Tawny 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Readers can take their pick but the difference in price might ensure that the Grandfather Tawny Liqueur is the way to go. Amazingly rich and honeyed with hints of figs prunes caramel and toffee it is a gorgeous brilliantly made fortified wine composed of Shiraz and Mourvedre. This brilliant fortified is remarkably light on its feet given its massive richness. Thank good winemaking great natural extract and zesty acidity for keeping this wine fresh in spite of its huge residual sweetness


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Rhone style varieties. Sublime! Very old fortified wine. Green rim. Seamless wine with lovely nutty complexity. Caramel nuts toffee. Delicious long supremely drinkable. 20-25 years age. Bob Campbell MW.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

Readers can take their pick, but the difference in price might ensure that the Grandfather Tawny Liqueur is the way to go. Amazingly rich and honeyed with hints of figs, prunes, caramel, and toffee, it is a gorgeous, brilliantly made fortified wine c... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. N.V. Penfolds Grandfather Fine Old Tawny Port 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Readers can take their pick but the difference in price might ensure that the Grandfather Tawny Liqueur is the way to go. Amazingly rich and honeyed with hints of figs prunes caramel and toffee it is a gorgeous brilliantly made fortified wine composed of Shiraz and Mourvedre. This brilliant fortified is remarkably light on its feet given its massive richness. Thank good winemaking great natural extract and zesty acidity for keeping this wine fresh in spite of its huge residual sweetness and power. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting notesDeep amber - mahogany in color with the green gold tinges indicative of great age. The nose is extremely complex and fragrant, possessing an array of nutty, vanillin, aged characters melding seamlessly with hints of raisined fruit, malt and lifted spirit. The palate effortlessly displays the famed attributes of great Liqueur Tawny; luscious, rich and full flavored with mouthfilling viscosity and a slightly dry finish. Intense raisined fruit, walnut and toffee flavors harmonise with subtle vanillin oak and rancio complexity before a remarkably long finish.


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Wine Tasting notes Deep amber - mahogany in color with the green gold tinges indicative of great age. The nose is extremely complex and fragrant, possessing an array of nutty, vanillin, aged characters melding seamlessly with hints of raisined fruit, malt and lifted spirit. The palate effortlessly displays the famed attributes of great Liqueur Tawny; luscious, rich and full flavored with mouthfilling viscosity and a slightly dry finish. Intense raisined fruit, walnut and toffee flavors harmonise with subtle vanillin oak and rancio complexity before a remarkably long finish.

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