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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  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Sémillon

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

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Penfolds Wines on Snooth

  • Thanks guys.  The wines selected are listed in one of the pictures towards the end - reds on one list, whites on the other list.  The Penfolds was Bin 28, Shiraz/Syrah from South Australia, 2011.  I had to get up early this morning for a motorcycle ride and now in about an hour we are heading out to Washington DC to attend another Phillips Museu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Al,It looks like it was more than a success.  Congratulations to Sandra, and you ya bum!What was the Penfolds? The Baby Grange?  Actually, gimme the list of wines you had.  I saw the Octagon and a St. Francis.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz Kalima 2012


    The winemaker's notes are accurate. Drinking it in late 2015 to accompany a chicken mole meal. Read More

    Wine review by Thelisa

  • OT, how do you place Insignia or Dominus or Mayacamas or Heitz Martha's or others from Napa's storied past? I was a bit surprised to see Montelena in the list below. Do we want to track specific winemakers and consultants?   So here're excerpts from the Wikipedia page on cult wines. Are these the definitions we want? Cult wines are those for whi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • It's interesting that a few new topics have popped up recently (Experiencing Cabernet Franc for one) and that my wife Sandra just today handed me an article by Dave McIntyre she cut out of a Washington Post newspaper dated 25 March 2015.  I'm starting this new topic based on this article "The wine cost four digits.  And the taste?" regarding the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • We've read the articles about aerating wine with blenders, the home remedy which supposedly adds years to a wine's flavor in a matter of few violent seconds.While whipping your wine into a frenzy may be a relatively “old” trend, a new DIY trend appeared in the headlines of a recent story by United Kingdom newspaper The Guardian: blending.That's ... Read More

    From the article Home Blending: Blasphemy, or the Better Part of Vino Valor?

  • Among the vast litany of troubles for the world's billionaire's lies the painstaking task of knowing what kind of wine an uber-rich mogul of wealth should be drinking. No need for princes to be be popping the corks of wines meant for paupers, right?To meet this dire need, wine expert Mark Oldman offered this past weekend at Aspen's Food & Magazi... Read More

    From the article Drink Like You're Worth a Billion Bucks

  • EM - That Pinot Noir looks very nice.  I shall look for a bottle out here the next time I'm in Total Wine or one of the other wine shops we sometimes shop at.Father's Day was a hot one out here in Northern Virginia, but at least it didn't rain on us.  The previous night (Saturday) brought with it a big storm and we even had some hail.  No damage... Read More

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  • Australia finished second behind France in the recent 2015 International Wine Challenge (IWC) medal count, taking home more than 800 medals and earning glowing praise from the event’s co-chair, Charles Metcalfe. “Australian wine continues to go from strength to strength, as its native winemakers demonstrate their star quality,” Metcalfe told Aus... Read More

    From the article Australian Wines Take Home Big Haul From Vino Comp

  • Penfolds Cabernet-Shiraz Bin 389 2010


    Very Good wine.Decanted at 64 deg rested for 15 min. Oak immediately noticed and the Shiraz tones it down just right.Robust lots of flavor.wish I had some cheese. Read More

    Wine review by Fine Grape

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  • They do some nice wines

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