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Chile 2018 vintage: ‘A year of finesse’

wo, 04/07/2018 - 16:47

Chile’s 2018 vintage has been tipped by several winemakers as one of the best in recent years, with a good crop, moderate temperatures and relatively few weather-related dramas expected to produce balanced wines in many regions.

Chile 2018 vintageHarvesting grapes in Valle de Curico, Chile, in 2013. Chile 2018 vintage: ‘A year of finesse’

Timing of the harvest was back to normal, a relief following the hot and early harvest of 2017, and maturation periods were steady without any extreme events.

‘We had a cold and wet winter,’ De Martino winemaker Eduardo Jordan told Decanter.com, who produces wine around the country.

‘A warm spring brought excellent bud break. The moderate and cool month of March was very positive for accumulating sugars slowly and without losing acidity – key to obtaining balanced wines. The vineyards achieved excellent quality – with good natural acidity, moderate alcohol and good colour. 2018 is a year of finesse!’

It is always difficult to generalise, but all of Chile’s major production regions have so far reported a good year for wine quality and average to above average yields.

Official figures haven’t been released yet, but it is estimated 2018’s harvest was approximately 1.1 billion kilos, which is in-line with the annual average and a 20% increase from last year.

Northern and coastal Chile did particularly well this year, following some much-needed winter rains that reduced the ever-present drought threat.

‘It rained more than 400mm in the winter, which was very good because water is becoming more scarce each year,’ said Rodrigo Soto, of Veramonte in Casablanca.

‘I believe this is a great vintage… but it is premature to draw conclusions already. The quality looks good and the yield has been better than the last few years.’

In the south, it was a refreshingly uneventful vintage for some. ‘This year, after four complicated years [with frost, rain and fires], we have had a relatively normal year,’ said Torres winemaker Fernando Almeda.

‘A fresh year with normal yields. The white wines have an excellent preservation of acidity, making expressive wines with tension and freshness. The red wines have lower alcohol levels with tension that should develop well with ageing.’

As producers in Curicó, Itata and Maule continue to assess the effects of smoke taint from the extensive bush fires at the end of 2017’s harvest, the promising 2018 vintage is even more welcome.

For Premium members: Colchagua producers to watch – rising stars

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Chile 2018 vintage: ‘A year of finesse’

wo, 04/07/2018 - 16:47

Chile’s 2018 vintage has been tipped by several winemakers as one of the best in recent years, with a good crop, moderate temperatures and relatively few weather-related dramas expected to produce balanced wines in many regions.

Chile 2018 vintageHarvesting grapes in Valle de Curico, Chile, in 2013. Chile 2018 vintage: ‘A year of finesse’

Timing of the harvest was back to normal, a relief following the hot and early harvest of 2017, and maturation periods were steady without any extreme events.

‘We had a cold and wet winter,’ De Martino winemaker Eduardo Jordan told Decanter.com, who produces wine around the country.

‘A warm spring brought excellent bud break. The moderate and cool month of March was very positive for accumulating sugars slowly and without losing acidity – key to obtaining balanced wines. The vineyards achieved excellent quality – with good natural acidity, moderate alcohol and good colour. 2018 is a year of finesse!’

It is always difficult to generalise, but all of Chile’s major production regions have so far reported a good year for wine quality and average to above average yields.

Official figures haven’t been released yet, but it is estimated 2018’s harvest was approximately 1.1 billion kilos, which is in-line with the annual average and a 20% increase from last year.

Northern and coastal Chile did particularly well this year, following some much-needed winter rains that reduced the ever-present drought threat.

‘It rained more than 400mm in the winter, which was very good because water is becoming more scarce each year,’ said Rodrigo Soto, of Veramonte in Casablanca.

‘I believe this is a great vintage… but it is premature to draw conclusions already. The quality looks good and the yield has been better than the last few years.’

In the south, it was a refreshingly uneventful vintage for some. ‘This year, after four complicated years [with frost, rain and fires], we have had a relatively normal year,’ said Torres winemaker Fernando Almeda.

‘A fresh year with normal yields. The white wines have an excellent preservation of acidity, making expressive wines with tension and freshness. The red wines have lower alcohol levels with tension that should develop well with ageing.’

As producers in Curicó, Itata and Maule continue to assess the effects of smoke taint from the extensive bush fires at the end of 2017’s harvest, the promising 2018 vintage is even more welcome.

For Premium members: Colchagua producers to watch – rising stars

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Unsigned Talent Trade Tasting

wo, 04/07/2018 - 15:17

Taste exceptional Decanter World Wine Award winners from the 2018 competition, all looking to secure distribution in the UK.

Join us at the OXO2, London on the 20 September to taste exceptional DWWA 2018 award-winners that are currently seeking distribution in UK markets.

This tasting is open to all the UK trade, including merchants, sommeliers, wine buyers and importers.
Due to limited spaces producers will not be able to attend.

Date: 20 September
Time: 2 – 5:30pm
Location: OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, Southbank, London, SE1 9PH

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Unsigned Talent Trade Tasting

wo, 04/07/2018 - 15:17

Taste exceptional Decanter World Wine Award winners from the 2018 competition, all looking to secure distribution in the UK.

Join us at the OXO2, London on the 20 September to taste exceptional DWWA 2018 award-winners that are currently seeking distribution in UK markets.

This tasting is open to all the UK trade, including merchants, sommeliers, wine buyers and importers.
Due to limited spaces producers will not be able to attend.

Date: 20 September
Time: 2 – 5:30pm
Location: OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, Southbank, London, SE1 9PH

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Comparing Artadi terroirs: Single vineyard wines

wo, 04/07/2018 - 13:00

A recent sale preview tasting at Christie's gave Sarah Jane Evans MW an opportunity to examine Artadi's terroir-driven approach...

Artadi TerroirThe clay-limestone soil of some of Artadi's best vineyard sites.

From the beginning, Artadi’s focus has been on the terroirs of their vineyards – hence the strapline on their tasting sheets: ‘Artadi Is Terroir’.

In 2014, says fifth-generation owner Juan Carlos López de Lacalle, ‘I moved to a single vineyard [Burgundian] concept, from the more old-fashioned coupage approach of Bordeaux. The age of the vineyard is not what’s important; it’s the soil.’

Scroll down to see Sarah Jane’s tasting notes & scores You might also like: Are these Spanish whites in your cellar? Best Rioja: Top wines to try The changing face of Vega Sicilia Valbuena

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Comparing Artadi terroirs: Single vineyard wines

wo, 04/07/2018 - 13:00

A recent sale preview tasting at Christie's gave Sarah Jane Evans MW an opportunity to examine Artadi's terroir-driven approach...

Artadi TerroirThe clay-limestone soil of some of Artadi's best vineyard sites.

From the beginning, Artadi’s focus has been on the terroirs of their vineyards – hence the strapline on their tasting sheets: ‘Artadi Is Terroir’.

In 2014, says fifth-generation owner Juan Carlos López de Lacalle, ‘I moved to a single vineyard [Burgundian] concept, from the more old-fashioned coupage approach of Bordeaux. The age of the vineyard is not what’s important; it’s the soil.’

Scroll down to see Sarah Jane’s tasting notes & scores

 

You might also like: Are these Spanish whites in your cellar? Best Rioja: Top wines to try The changing face of Vega Sicilia Valbuena

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From the archive: Bottle variation and the best laid plans…

wo, 04/07/2018 - 12:21

Of all the mysteries of wine, bottle variation can be one of the most frustrating. In this article from our archive, Richard Hemming MW investigates the science behind the phenomenon, and explains why the old adage that ‘there are no great wines, only great bottles’ often rings true.

Originally published in Decanter magazine's June 2013 issue and now available online and in full for Premium members.

bottle variationDo you know the five key influences on bottle variation?

At an apocryphal blind tasting, six bottles of red wine are poured for the assembled experts. In silence, the wines are assessed with the speed and accuracy brought only by many years of olfactory experience.

A discussion ensues – they are Bordeaux, of course, and surely Left Bank. The host concurs. Agreement cannot be reached, however, about which châteaux are represented. The debate threatens to be endless, until it is revealed that they are in fact the grand vin of one château alone.

Originally published in Decanter magazine’s June 2013 issue. 

Read more Decanter magazine articles here

 

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From the archive: Bottle variation and the best laid plans…

wo, 04/07/2018 - 12:21

Of all the mysteries of wine, bottle variation can be one of the most frustrating. In this article from our archive, Richard Hemming MW investigates the science behind the phenomenon, and explains why the old adage that ‘there are no great wines, only great bottles’ often rings true.

Originally published in Decanter magazine's June 2013 issue and now available online and in full for Premium members.

bottle variationDo you know the five key influences on bottle variation?

At an apocryphal blind tasting, six bottles of red wine are poured for the assembled experts. In silence, the wines are assessed with the speed and accuracy brought only by many years of olfactory experience.

A discussion ensues – they are Bordeaux, of course, and surely Left Bank. The host concurs. Agreement cannot be reached, however, about which châteaux are represented. The debate threatens to be endless, until it is revealed that they are in fact the grand vin of one château alone.

Originally published in Decanter magazine’s June 2013 issue. 

Read more Decanter magazine articles here

 

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New grapes on the block: Varieties to watch

wo, 04/07/2018 - 12:01

New wine grapes are being created all over the world, but with thousands already out there, why do we need more? Maggie Rosen explores efforts to build a better grapevine..

Aromella grapes, New grape varietiesAromella

Aromella, Mystique, Divico and Floréal may sound like distant galaxies or characters from Game of Thrones, but in fact they are among the newest wine grapes available to winemakers.

Right now, in agricultural research stations and experimental vineyards around the world, hundreds of grapes are somewhere on the complex journey from bright idea to bottle.

 

Maggie Rosen writes about wine for English- and French-language trade and consumer publications, and helped to launch Coravin in the UK

Read more articles from Decanter magazine here

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The Decanter interview: Sacha Lichine

di, 03/07/2018 - 19:00

Always a man on a mission, this son of Bordeaux broke free of familial ties and went on to establish a new benchmark for quality in rosé wines in the southeast of France. Jane Anson reports after her latest visit to Château d’Esclans in Provence.

Sacha LichineSacha LichineThe Decanter interview: Sacha Lichine

 Sacha Lichine at a glance

Born 1960 in Margaux as Alexis André Serge Lichine to parents Alexis Lichine and Gisèle Edenbourgh – their second child, after his sister Alexandra

Education Lycée Française, New York;Boston University (though he didn’t graduate: ‘I went to one university with one teacher, Alexis Lichine, and one pupil…me’)

Career Ran Château Prieuré-Lichine from the late 1980s to 1999, working on his own after his father Alexis’ death in 1989. Bought Château d’Esclans in 2006 for €13 million

Family Married to Mathilde Lichine, five children

Hobbies Sailing his boat Snapper, which is moored in St-Tropez; collecting wine-related art

 

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The Decanter interview: Sacha Lichine

di, 03/07/2018 - 19:00

Always a man on a mission, this son of Bordeaux broke free of familial ties and went on to establish a new benchmark for quality in rosé wines in the southeast of France. Jane Anson reports after her latest visit to Château d’Esclans in Provence.

Sacha LichineSacha LichineThe Decanter interview: Sacha Lichine

 Sacha Lichine at a glance

Born 1960 in Margaux as Alexis André Serge Lichine to parents Alexis Lichine and Gisèle Edenbourgh – their second child, after his sister Alexandra

Education Lycée Française, New York;Boston University (though he didn’t graduate: ‘I went to one university with one teacher, Alexis Lichine, and one pupil…me’)

Career Ran Château Prieuré-Lichine from the late 1980s to 1999, working on his own after his father Alexis’ death in 1989. Bought Château d’Esclans in 2006 for €13 million

Family Married to Mathilde Lichine, five children

Hobbies Sailing his boat Snapper, which is moored in St-Tropez; collecting wine-related art

 

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Getting better with age: Old-vine Chenin Blanc in South Africa

di, 03/07/2018 - 16:20

Efforts to seek out and preserve old-vine Chenin Blanc are currently reaping rewards for South Africa’s winemakers. Tim Atkin MW finds out how one of the country’s oldest varieties has become its newest source of world-class wines...

Old Vine Chenin BlancOld Chenin Blanc vines at Boschendal in Franschhoek, South Africa.

The Cape winelands is one of the most beautiful vineyard regions in the world, all craggy peaks, sweeping vistas and cobalt blue skies.

By these dramatic, almost cinematic standards, the Mev (Mrs) Kirsten vineyard is something of a disappointment. Situated in the Jonkershoek Valley, close to the untidy urban sprawl of Stellenbosch, it has none of the grandeur of some of South Africa’s greatest crus.

And yet this 0.7ha parcel of Chenin Blanc is undeniably special, a distinction that’s reflected in its historical importance as well as the quality of its wine.

Scroll down to see Tim’s pick of the best South African old vine Chenin Blanc

 

You might also like: Decanter travel guide: Stellenbosch, South Africa Great value South African wines under £20 Luxury travel: top 10 wine hotels in South Africa South Africa wine quiz – Test your knowledge

 

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Getting better with age: Old-vine Chenin Blanc in South Africa

di, 03/07/2018 - 16:20

Efforts to seek out and preserve old-vine Chenin Blanc are currently reaping rewards for South Africa’s winemakers. Tim Atkin MW finds out how one of the country’s oldest varieties has become its newest source of world-class wines...

Old Vine Chenin BlancOld Chenin Blanc vines at Boschendal in Franschhoek, South Africa.

The Cape winelands is one of the most beautiful vineyard regions in the world, all craggy peaks, sweeping vistas and cobalt blue skies.

By these dramatic, almost cinematic standards, the Mev (Mrs) Kirsten vineyard is something of a disappointment. Situated in the Jonkershoek Valley, close to the untidy urban sprawl of Stellenbosch, it has none of the grandeur of some of South Africa’s greatest crus.

And yet this 0.7ha parcel of Chenin Blanc is undeniably special, a distinction that’s reflected in its historical importance as well as the quality of its wine.

Scroll down to see Tim’s pick of the best South African old vine Chenin Blanc

 

You might also like: Decanter travel guide: Stellenbosch, South Africa Great value South African wines under £20 Luxury travel: top 10 wine hotels in South Africa South Africa wine quiz – Test your knowledge

 

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French officials threaten to deport Japanese winemaker couple

di, 03/07/2018 - 16:01

A ruling that could force a Japanese winemaker couple in Roussillon to leave France has sparked an online petition to keep them in the country.

roussillon vineyardsVineyards near to Collioure in Roussillon.

Rié and Hirofumi Shoji, former students of Alain Ducasse Tokyo, acquired a small estate of 3.5 hectares in the vineyards around Collioure, just north of Banyuls and close to the Spanish border.

They named it Pedres Blanques and the debut 2017 vintage, made with Grenache Noir and produced in a ‘natural’ style, has won early admirers, reportedly including one of the world’s best restaurants, El Celler de Can Roca, over the border in Girona.

But the Shojis’ story has threatened to turn sour in 2018 after the local government – or ‘préfecture’ – for Pyrenées-Orientales refused the couple a residence permit.

‘The residence permit could not be issued, and on 3 April 2018 they were notified of an obligation to leave French territory by 12 April,’ said the préfecture.

An online petition to keep the couple in France has been signed by more than 30,500 people.

The Shojis have appealed and their lawyer, Maitre Jean Codognès, told Decanter.com, ‘The préfecture justifies having taken its decision due to the initial business plan provided by Rié and Hirofumi Shoji for obtaining their bank loan.

‘The business plan was based on an estimated [retail] price of 12 euro per bottle [for their wine], which would not provide a monthly salary of 2,000 euro.

‘But it is illusory to examine the profitability of a new venture from the first day. The business plan is only a projection of the future.’

Currently, the 2017 red vintage of Pedres Blanques was being sold for between 25 euros and 30 euros per bottle in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden – although Belgium’s Altrovino listed it as out-of-stock.

Maitre Codognès said that 75% of the 2018 vintage was already sold, meaning earnings should not be an issue.

The Shojis studied winemaking in France and have done internships at several wine producers, including at JF Mugnier in Chambolle-Musigny and Château La Tour du Pin Figeac in St-Emilion.

A decision on their appeal was expected by 6 September.

Editing by Chris Mercer

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French officials threaten to deport Japanese winemaker couple

di, 03/07/2018 - 16:01

A ruling that could force a Japanese winemaker couple in Roussillon to leave France has sparked an online petition to keep them in the country.

roussillon vineyardsVineyards near to Collioure in Roussillon.

Rié and Hirofumi Shoji, former students of Alain Ducasse Tokyo, acquired a small estate of 3.5 hectares in the vineyards around Collioure, just north of Banyuls and close to the Spanish border.

They named it Pedres Blanques and the debut 2017 vintage, made with Grenache Noir and produced in a ‘natural’ style, has won early admirers, reportedly including one of the world’s best restaurants, El Celler de Can Roca, over the border in Girona.

But the Shojis’ story has threatened to turn sour in 2018 after the local government – or ‘préfecture’ – for Pyrenées-Orientales refused the couple a residence permit.

‘The residence permit could not be issued, and on 3 April 2018 they were notified of an obligation to leave French territory by 12 April,’ said the préfecture.

An online petition to keep the couple in France has been signed by more than 30,500 people.

The Shojis have appealed and their lawyer, Maitre Jean Codognès, told Decanter.com, ‘The préfecture justifies having taken its decision due to the initial business plan provided by Rié and Hirofumi Shoji for obtaining their bank loan.

‘The business plan was based on an estimated [retail] price of 12 euro per bottle [for their wine], which would not provide a monthly salary of 2,000 euro.

‘But it is illusory to examine the profitability of a new venture from the first day. The business plan is only a projection of the future.’

Currently, the 2017 red vintage of Pedres Blanques was being sold for between 25 euros and 30 euros per bottle in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden – although Belgium’s Altrovino listed it as out-of-stock.

Maitre Codognès said that 75% of the 2018 vintage was already sold, meaning earnings should not be an issue.

The Shojis studied winemaking in France and have done internships at several wine producers, including at JF Mugnier in Chambolle-Musigny and Château La Tour du Pin Figeac in St-Emilion.

A decision on their appeal was expected by 6 September.

Editing by Chris Mercer

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Highlights: Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 tasting

di, 03/07/2018 - 13:05
Decanter World Wine Awards Tasting 2018

The Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 tasting was held at Vintners’ Hall in London on 2nd July. See some of the photo highlights below.

Search DWWA 2018 award winning wines here  The free awards supplement will be available on Wednesday 1 August with the September issue 

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Highlights: Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 tasting

di, 03/07/2018 - 13:05
Decanter World Wine Awards Tasting 2018

The Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 tasting was held at Vintners’ Hall in London on 2nd July. See some of the photo highlights below.

Search DWWA 2018 award winning wines here  The free awards supplement will be available on Wednesday 1 August with the September issue 

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Top-rated Crémant from France

di, 03/07/2018 - 12:30

A great value alternative to Champagne, crémants offer characterful regional sparkle from all over France. Sue Style recommends her favourite bottles...

Cremants from France

Without the deep pockets required to drink grande marque or grower Champagne, I’m always on the lookout for well-made sparkling wine from other regions of France.

There are, of course, many Champagnes available at relatively modest prices. They find a market because there’s something magical about the brand, but they can be deeply disappointing. Decent crémant is often a far better bet.

Scroll down to see Sue’s top 18 Crémants from France You might also like: Jefford on Monday: Burgundy’s other self Do crémants age as well as Champagne? – Ask Decanter Sparkling wine guide

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Penfolds to make Napa Valley wine and Champagne

di, 03/07/2018 - 12:15

Penfolds is set to make a California wine, a baijiu-infused Shiraz and a Champagne as part of a plan by owner Treasury Wine Estates to expand the brand.

Penfolds Grange 1951The first vintage of Penfolds Grange, from 1951, sold for over AU $50,000 in 2017.

Penfolds will begin sourcing grapes in Napa Valley from the 2018 harvest, in order to produce California wines under its brand name, announced Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) today (3 July).

It marks a significant expansion for a wine brand so closely associated with some of the finest Australian wines.

‘We are striving to add outstanding Californian-sourced wines to our offering by fiscal 2022,’ said Penfolds’ chief winemaker, Peter Gago.

TWE cited a precedent for the move in that Shiraz cuttings from the Kalimna vineyard in Barossa – source of Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz – were previously taken to Camatta Hills Vineyards in California’s Paso Robles area in the 1990s.

The new Penfolds California wines will be taken from the ‘best of the best’ Napa Valley grapes, TWE said.

Also as part of the pension expansion plan to ‘enhance the Penfolds global footprint’ will be a range of ‘Penfolds Special bottlings’.

These include:

  • a baijiu-infused, fortified Shiraz known as Lot 518, to be released in September 2018;
  • a 28-year-old brandy, named Lot 1990, available now

Penfolds will also launch a Champagne in 2019, in time for its 175th anniversary.

Gago said of the moves, ‘The Penfolds winemaking team is delighted to engage in a profound expansion of our core range, while preserving Penfolds DNA and at the same time, building upon the creativity, ingenuity and boldness of our winemaking ancestry. This will broaden our base and help future-proof Penfolds.’

TWE’s chief marketing officer, Michelle Terry, said, ‘These extensions will consolidate Penfolds as a luxury brand that transcends beyond its existing sourcing regions and categories; positioning it for its next chapter.’

The news follows the launch of a Penfolds Grange ‘blend of blends’ known as g3 late last year.

See also: An exclusive report on the latest Penfolds Collection

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Penfolds to make Napa Valley wine and Champagne

di, 03/07/2018 - 12:15

Penfolds is set to make a California wine, a baijiu-infused Shiraz and a Champagne as part of a plan by owner Treasury Wine Estates to expand the brand.

Penfolds Grange 1951The first vintage of Penfolds Grange, from 1951, sold for over AU $50,000 in 2017.

Penfolds will begin sourcing grapes in Napa Valley from the 2018 harvest, in order to produce California wines under its brand name, announced Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) today (3 July).

It marks a significant expansion for a wine brand so closely associated with some of the finest Australian wines.

‘We are striving to add outstanding Californian-sourced wines to our offering by fiscal 2022,’ said Penfolds’ chief winemaker, Peter Gago.

TWE cited a precedent for the move in that Shiraz cuttings from the Kalimna vineyard in Barossa – source of Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz – were previously taken to Camatta Hills Vineyards in California’s Paso Robles area in the 1990s.

The new Penfolds California wines will be taken from the ‘best of the best’ Napa Valley grapes, TWE said.

Also as part of the pension expansion plan to ‘enhance the Penfolds global footprint’ will be a range of ‘Penfolds Special bottlings’.

These include:

  • a baijiu-infused, fortified Shiraz known as Lot 518, to be released in September 2018;
  • a 28-year-old brandy, named Lot 1990, available now

Penfolds will also launch a Champagne in 2019, in time for its 175th anniversary.

Gago said of the moves, ‘The Penfolds winemaking team is delighted to engage in a profound expansion of our core range, while preserving Penfolds DNA and at the same time, building upon the creativity, ingenuity and boldness of our winemaking ancestry. This will broaden our base and help future-proof Penfolds.’

TWE’s chief marketing officer, Michelle Terry, said, ‘These extensions will consolidate Penfolds as a luxury brand that transcends beyond its existing sourcing regions and categories; positioning it for its next chapter.’

The news follows the launch of a Penfolds Grange ‘blend of blends’ known as g3 late last year.

See also: An exclusive report on the latest Penfolds Collection

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