Penfolds Wines

+61 3 9633 2000 77 Southbank Boulevard GPO Box 753F, Melbourne VIC 3001
Southbank, 3006
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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 Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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Penfolds Wines on Snooth

  • "The Leonetti Sangiovese is probably more of a novelty item Jack. It's going to be completely different than the Italian versions"This is true although the Leonetti version is good on its own.Sangiovese is another grape that deserves wider expression. We're willing to drink Merlot or Pinot Noir from many countries but sniff at Nebbiolo or Sangio... Read More

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  • The debate around ideal time to drink wine is interesting and the views are certainly very diverse.I would make the following observationsIf you have multiple bottles don't leave too long to try one - if they are past it you can't bring them back~90 % of wines made today are made to be consumed immediately post purchaseof the rest probably less ... Read More

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  • Stephen, just checked my spreadsheet and filtered on "Australia", here are Australian wines I've purchased in the last 6-7 years, nothing on the high end, mostly everyday drinkers:Greenpoint ChardonnayElderton Barossa, Franceiends Vineyard SeriesEvans & Tate Chardonnay Metricup RoadRock Gully Shiraz ViognierHope Estate ChardonnayJip Jip Rocks Ch... Read More

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  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • We have similar issues in AustraliaMain concerns for most wine companies is the "bus load of drunks" that turn up drink rather than taste buy nothing remember nothing and put off those who are there to genuinely sample.Napa probably leads the world in extravagant facilities but given you have have a bunch of movie stars/rock stars/corporate big ... Read More

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  • This is a quartet of pretty good Aussie Cabernets09 Penfolds Bin 707 - Multi region blend predominantly SA , it is their Grange of their Cabernets.  Big Rich and Tannic when young definite caramel/vanilla overtones from American Oak.  Ages exceptionally well - definitely a 25+ year wine.  09 was OK but not not great vintage but Penfolds manage t... Read More

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  • I have actually missed not being on the Snooth forums for some years, not sure what happened but when Snooth stopped working on Explorer [well on my laptop anyway, I lost a bit of momentumBut I am still doing a lot of work in the wine industry and enjoying plenty of great wine.I am located in Adelaide South Australia and home is only an hour fro... Read More

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  • Greg, you were right when you said it's tough to keep a forum going. Though this does seem to be an especially slow week all over the place...on the road, in business, etc. good to see people take some time out.  Read More

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  • Being aware of price points for most of the other varietals I have always wondered why the Pinot Noirs are always priced way ahead of the other varietals.It is almost impossible to purchase a Pinot Noir at the same price point/quality as a Cabernet Sauvignon for under $20Now I live in a region where both Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State) and... Read More

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  • I dodged a MAJOR Bullet vs. my wine ventures.Results are in and 2012 Oakville Cult Wines are superior and more collectable than 2013 Oakville Cult Wine ,, whew.. Invested. - William ; the photo courtesy of Adam Lee of Siduri Wines. Read More

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  • They do some nice wines

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