Penfolds releases limited-edition 175th anniversary collection

March 27, 2019
By Alana House

Penfolds is marking 175 years of winemaking in 2019 with a limited-edition range of wines called Tribute. 

The Tribute Range includes South Australian wines from the 2016 and 2017 vintage that pay homage to four Penfolds legends: Founders Mary and Dr Christopher Penfold, Chemist Ray Beckwith and Grange creator Max Schubert. 

The four wines in the new Tribute Range include: 

The Esteemed Creator, 2016 Barossa Valley Shiraz Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. A tribute to Chief Winemaker Max Schubert (1948 – 1975): Max Schubert was Penfolds’ first Chief Winemaker. He crafted a dynasty of wines and became the driving force behind some of Penfolds greatest achievements, still celebrated to this day. This wine is a quintessential Australian blend and a celebration of the pioneering winemaking style Schubert created.

The Noble Explorer, 2017 South Australian Shiraz. A tribute to Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold. A doctor with an eye for winemaking, Dr Penfold and his wife Mary sought a new calling in Australia. They found it in the Magill Estate, near Adelaide. Here, Christopher planted vines and set in motion philosophies that would remain with Penfolds to this day. This full-bodied wine, with its ripe fruit aromas, voluminous richness and subtle oak spice, is dedicated to him. 

The Commander In Chief, 2017 South Australian Shiraz Cabernet. A tribute to Mary Penfold: Mary Penfold was the original leading lady. A force to be reckoned with, Mary’s progressive attitude catapulted Penfolds forward as winemakers. She’d command from a white mare, watching over the vineyard with her treasured spyglass close at hand. Opulent red Shiraz fruits are supported by the fine structural Cabernet Sauvignon tannins. All beautifully captured in this classic Penfolds multi-regional blend, worthy of Mary’s strong spirit. 

The Creative Genius, 2017 South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. A tribute to Dr Ray Beckwith: From 1935 to 1973 Penfolds was his laboratory, where he was instrumental in the development of our leading red wines. His greatest discovery was the use of PH technology to prevent wine from spoiling. This wine bears all the hallmarks of Cabernet Sauvignon, with classic savoury notes supported by well-handled oak and supple tannins. 

This range will be available in Australia from late-March 2019 via and at select fine wine stores. 

The Esteemed Creator Shiraz Cabernet 2016 – RRP $500.00

The Noble Explorer Shiraz 2017– RRP $40.00

The Commander in Chief Shiraz Cabernet 2017 – RRP $40.00

The Creative Genius Cabernet Sauvignon 2017– RRP $40.00

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