Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny NV
Mourvedre, Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache | Alc: 18.5%
South Eastern Australia
Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny NV is liquid caramel lusciousness– this aged tawny from the land of Oz is a delicious blend of Mourvedre, Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache. A real crowd pleaser, beautifully boxed.
The Grandfather name dates back to 1915, when an oak cask containing the finest blend of Tawny was set aside for the exclusive use of the Penfold family. This wine was known as The Grandfather due to the age of the oldest Tawny in the blend.
With a core selection of Mourvedre, Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache (but not limited to these varieties), Grandfather Rare Tawny sources fruit from vineyards specifically selected for fortified wine production.
Only the free run wine is used for Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny and Penfolds uses a low strength fortifying spirit which is selected specifically for the Penfolds style. This spirit accentuates primary fruit character and adds additional complexity and seamless integration.
Each year, fortified wine is made with Grandfather in mind and these selected batches are barrel aged for approximately eight years. Batches of wine that reach the required maturation and Grandfather quality are then blended and added to the ‘Grandfather Solera’. In this six stage solera, Grandfather is aged for a further twelve years to give a total average age above 20 years – before being drawn off for bottling.
During this extended maturation process the Grandfather Rare Tawny becomes more concentrated and complex with increased palate weight, structure, complexity and sweetness.
VINEYARD REGION – South Eastern Australia
VINTAGE CONDITIONS – Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny is a multivintage blend with an average age greater than twenty years after being aged in a traditional solera system.
Winemaker comments by Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago:
COLOUR – Deep amber to mahogany in colour with the green/gold tinges indicative of great age.
NOSE – 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.
PALATE – The palate effortlessly displays the famed attributes of great Tawny; luscious, rich and full flavoured with mouthfilling viscosity and a slightly dry finish. Intense raisined fruit, walnut and toffee flavours harmonise with subtle vanillin oak.
“Seriously powerful; the very complex bouquet has gingerbread, spice and singed toffee aromas cut by the rancio that comes through on the long, intense, yet elegantly structured and balanced palate. A skilled blending of some younger wine has had the desired effect. Incredibly long, intense and complex.” 97 Pts – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
“The 20 year old Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny is a pale tawny color with a touch of brick. On the nose it is a bit spirituous and shows notes of raisins and fruit cake, some hazelnut and crème brulée. The palate shows even more nuttiness and depth along with greater freshness and acidity, though it seems drier than the Father. It finishes very long almost like a sweet oloroso or amontillado.” 92 Pts – Wine Advocate
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