Penfolds Great Grandfather Rare Tawny
6 Bottles: £941.94
This wine is immensely complex and powerful. The maturation Grandfather style relies on a fuller spirit for fortification and extended small old oak maturation to gain overall complexity and optimum balance.
Great Grandfather Rare Tawny is Penfolds rarest wine; only 1000 bottles are available each release. The first release, in 1994, deliberately comprised 1994 bottles
OVERVIEW Great Grandfather Rare Tawny was created in 1994 to
celebrate the 150th anniversary of Penfolds. Subsequent
blending material has been sourced from stage six of the
‘Grandfather Solera’ and individual batches of maturing
Grandfather that are identified as having exceptional
quality. These components are further aged before being
blended and introduced into the ‘Great Grandfather
Solera’. After an initial launch of exactly 1994 bottles to
commemorate the year of its inaugural release, Great
Grandfather is only ever released in limited quantities
to ensure the age and quality of the style is never
compromised. With a minimum average blended age of 30
years, Penfolds Great Grandfather Rare Tawny delivers a
beguiling mix of age, structure, strength and complexity
with each and every sip.
VINEYARD REGION Specially selected South Australian vineyards. Many of the
vineyards selected for the production of the first release of
Great Grandfather are still utilised for the current release.
These vineyards are selected for their consistently high
quality and reliability year after year.
GRAPE VARIETY As Great Grandfather is produced using a Solera system and
sourced from additionally matured Grandfather stocks, it
will always retain every variety used, albeit in small amounts.
Of the some 13 varieties identified the major varieties
which form the backbone of the blend from year to year are
Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Cabernet.
SPIRIT SELECTION A specially selected ex-still fortifying spirit that has
a distinctive aroma and flavour. The selected spirit
traditionally has a strength between 78 and 85%v/v and
must have the power and intensity to accompany and
enhance the 30 years of age concentration and complexity
without presenting as the dominant character. While spirit
is the main driver of style in younger wines it becomes a
less dominant contributor in wines of this age as the aged
components take the forefront.
The current Great Grandfather Solera contains a vintage
span of 42 years with individual components covering
1960 to 2002 included. This large span of vintages ensures
consistency and that the required level of age and youth for
complexity and freshness is maintained.
MATURATION For the first 20 years components are matured in the
Grandfather Solera. Further maturation occurs in old oak
hogsheads before being blended and introduced into the
three stage ‘Great Grandfather Solera’. Only the very best
and oldest casks are used for the additional maturation of
WINE ANALYSIS Alc: 19.6%v/v, Acidity: 8.7g/L, pH: 3.49, Bé: 11.3
LAST TASTED April 2014.
PEAK DRINKING Fully matured and bottled for your immediate enjoyment.
While this wine will sustain some bottle age it is best
consumed within 12 months of purchase.
COLOUR Lustrous deep tawny with an obvious yellow-green edge.
NOSE Intense, fragrant and seductive. Alluring toffee/praline
notes. Rich fruit characters of quince paste, fig, raisin and
candied peel. Toasted almonds and roasted chestnuts.
The aromatic elements conspire into a wonderful
integration, that complexes and evolves in the glass.
PALATE Seamless and integrated from start to finish. Dark fruitcake,
milk and dark chocolate, coffee, vanillin and aniseed
all in abundance. Toffee/brûlée sugar with orange zest
and marzipan add length and balance to the palate. The
richness and weight of the wine are held in harmony by the
spirit-acid balance, which conveys the long, persistent finish.
- Bottle Size
- Case Size
- 6 Bottles