59% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、29% Syrah、12% メルロ
Deep, vibrant purple. Perfumed black fruit dominating red fruit and spice on the nose. Plush, rich, deep palate with milk chocolate and cappuccino creaminess nicely freshened by black pepper spice; fine, transparent tannins and a reassuring freshness to the finish. Very polished. More Australian than French at present, but we’ll see how it develops. I expect it to be long-lived.
A global approach Australian winemaker Penfolds' latest collection features the taste of different continents
Last week marked a ground-breaking new chapter in winemaking.
The Australian wine producer Penfolds officially released its annual collection that comprises, for the first time in its 178-year history, three countries of origin: Australia, the US and France. The 2022 repertoire showcases the company’s house style with its “Wine Of The World” global approach.The highlight of the collection was Penfolds’ inaugural French release led by a wine made in partnership with Dourthe, one of Bordeaux’s most respected wine-making groups. Penfolds II Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2019 is the fruitful result of the open-minded vision, creativity and year-long endeavour of Penfolds’ chief winemaker Peter Gago and Dourthe’s chief winemaker Frédéric Bonnaffous.
The red wine reflects the viticultural graces of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, blending grapes from Bordeaux (71%) and South Australia (29%).Complementing traditional French winemaking techniques with Australian expertise, the wine is made from Bordeaux 2019 vintage, and blended and bottled in Adelaide, Australia. Château Belgrave, the home of Dourthe Bordeaux.
At the official tasting event for the collection in Bordeaux, Dourthe chief executive officer Patrick Jestin said that Penfold II far surpasses all his expectations, and “to push the boundaries and craft such an innovative blend was an unexpected and utterly fascinating concept”.
“We were hoping people would be amazed or curious. Some people would say, ‘Wow this is different’. ‘This doesn’t taste like Penfolds’. ‘This doesn’t taste like Dourthe’. Or, ‘It doesn’t look French’. But that is the point. It is not supposed to look like French. It’s supposed to be a good confusion.”
Fresh and crunchy with red fruit, red cherries and underripe English strawberries, peppered and sour – radically different from the other blends we have tried today – fairly angular in the way of a fine young oaked Nebbiolo but with much texture and promise of future greatness. There is sweetness in the blackcurrant and woodsmoke, the tannins are fine and silky, the texture too is light like diaphanous silk on the tongue. A deliciously subtle ghostly bat’s squeak of mint wafts about the blend.
Say ‘Bonjour’ to Penfolds’ New Collection
The first of these French wines has been made in collaboration with Dourthe Bordeaux, one of France’s most prestigious winemaking houses. Dourthe was established in 1840 – four years before Penfolds itself came into being – giving the two winemakers a total of 360 years’ worth of experience between them. The culmination of all this skill and knowledge accrued across generations is the Penfolds II Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2019.
A blend of grapes from Bordeaux and South Australia, this landmark wine brings the northern and southern hemispheres together in perfect harmony, as guided by Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago and Dourthe Chief Winemaker Frédéric Bonnaffous. Named “Penfolds II” in recognition of the coming together of two great winemaking forces, it was created by combining traditional French and time-tested Aussie winemaking techniques, before finally being bottled by Penfolds’ skilled team in South Australia.
You might think that two of the wine world’s heavyweights joining forces in such a way might result in a wine that’s big, bold, and looking to assert itself, but according to Gago this couldn’t be further from the truth: “It’s blended to convey an ethereal lightness, subtlety on the palate – sensitively binding two hemispheres, Old World and New.”
Why a Penfolds Franco-Aussie wine blend is just the beginning
Behind the classic look of Penfolds is a brand that’s constantly innovating, with its impending release of an Aussie-Bordeaux wine blend being just one of several creative range extensions either recently-launched, or soon to come from the business…
Australia’s Penfolds debuts their first French wines
Australian wine conglomerate Penfolds is taking on the old guard with the introduction of their first French wines from Bordeaux.Launching globally next month, the South Australian-based winery is releasing two red wines, one made entirely in Bordeaux, and the other blending Bordeaux-grown grapes with an iconic Australian variety.
The second wine is the more audacious 2019 Penfolds II Cabernet Shiraz Merlot. Working with renowned Bordeaux winemaking house Dourthe, the wine is composed of French cabernet sauvignon and merlot, which were shipped Down Under, blended with Australian shiraz, and bottled there. Matured in both French and American new oak, it evokes lively flavours of plum, anise, and toast, capped off by a bright mineral finish. “This is a wine of the world,” Gago said.
Penfolds goes French, following in some Illustrious Footsteps
The 2019 Penfolds II Cabernet Shiraz Merlot – produced in partnership with the negociant firm, Dourthe - is an assemblage of Bordeaux and South Australian wine, bottled in Penfolds’ cellars in Australia and priced at AU$599 ($347). Penfolds first move into transnational blending came last year with the release of Bin 600 Cabernet Sauvignon and Bin 149 Cabernet Shiraz, both of which combined Napa and South Australian fruit at prices of $90 ($62) and AU$225 ($156) respectively.
Penfolds launches two inaugural French wines
For the first time in its history, Penfolds annual Collection release in August will comprise three country of origin portfolios, Australian, Californian and the inaugural French release. The launch of two French wines showcases Penfolds ‘House Style’, exploring viticultural regions internationally, as it takes a global approach to winemaking.The new French release, Penfolds II, is led by a wine made in partnership with Dourthe Bordeaux, using the vision of Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago and Dourthe chief winemaker Frédéric Bonnaffous. The two houses collaborated to craft a wine that spans Northern and Southern Hemispheres, blending grapes from Bordeaux (71%) and South Australia (29%) as Patrick Jestin, Dourthe CEO said: “For us, this was ground-breaking, resulting in a totally original, innovative wine, which surpassed all our expectations, while remaining true to the culture and style of our respective countries and houses.”
What happens when you blend grapes from Australia and France? An audacious wine that's a world's first
The wine universe consists of two realms: The Old World and the New World, each governed by its own precepts that define its parameters, which, in turn, set consumer expectations. Most people would not fault an Aussie Shiraz for being big and jammy. Few would dismiss a young Bordeaux for not drinking well now as it needs to be cellared.
Last month, a select group of international media, which included CNA Luxury, got a preview of the new wine in Bordeaux. Gago and his team kept the identity of their collaborative partner in Bordeaux secret till the final moment – we had no idea which chateau we were heading to till our bus pulled into the gravelly driveway of Chateau Belgrave, a stately property located in Haut-Medoc, an appellation on Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Chateau Belgrave belongs to Dourthe, a wine producer with a history that dates back to 1840 (four years before Penfolds was established). The company owns nine properties in Bordeaux, including Chateau La Garde, Chateau Le Boscq and Chateau Reysson.
Dourthe II stands for two hemispheres, two wineries, two cultures,two worlds (new and old). The 2019 Dourthe II is a blend of 59%Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Shiraz (from South Australia) and 12%Merlot and was bottled in Australia due to the Australian fruitcomponent. Penfolds has a disruptive streak that is clear—bottlingwine in other countries, taking the iconic and idiosyncraticAustralian blend (Cabernet/Shiraz) to foreign shores and backagain... Here, the American oak emerges through the finish andprovides a familiarity in the context of Penfolds—it grounds it. Thetannic structure is fine and tightly knit; the fruit speaks of cassis,blueberries, graphite, black olive, licorice and star anise, andthere's an injection of tobacco leaf and cigar box too... a melding oftwo worlds. It seems to me that this wine still has a way to go;combining Australian Shiraz and Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon(and Merlot) creates something of a stylistic clash in the wine, butthe construction—the winemaking—knits it all back together. Weknow nothing about how this wine will age, but all the components—regional and winemaking—suggest a comfortable couple ofdecades.
How do two new Penfolds French wines fit into 2022 Collection ?
This is a nod to the classic Australian Cabernet Shiraz (claret) with the French components being made at two Dourthe (Penfolds’ Bordeaux partner) owned wineries and the Australian components made at Penfolds Nuriootpa Winery in South Australia. The French and Australian components were then blended and bottled in South Australia. Shiraz is currently at the fore, a dark brooding wine, full of excitement, freshness and a classic Aussie blend style, the Bordeaux element certainly gives it tannin and depth, a hint of fine cedar, nutty, white pepper, fresh violets and juicy dark fruit. Umami and exciting, this will develop superbly over decades… a new dawn!
Iconic winemaker Penfolds breaks new ground as it releases two new blends made from both Australian and French grapes
Penfolds made the wine in collaboration with respected French vintner Dourthe which owns a number of leading chateaux throughout Bordeaux including the Bordeaux Supérieur, Château Pey La Tour, Classed Growth Château Belgrave and La Garde in Pessac-Léognan. The Dourthe wine company was founded in 1840 - four years before Penfolds. Gago describes the partnership as “a beguiling alliance fated to happen”. Gago said the Penfolds II French component was made at two Dourthe wineries in Bordeaux and shipped to Australia where it was blended and bottled with the Australian component at Penfolds’ Nuriootpa headquarters.
I remain somewhat confused about this wine, and the price is nothing short of colossal. I admire the intention, the aspiration and the amount of effort that has gone into its construction. It was bottled in Australia after having been transported back in 1m square steel cubes. This is ambition on a global scale, and the French partners in this project, Dourthe, have stepped up to the mark and joined forces with Penfolds for a truly fascinating project, and I am told that there is a 2000 vintage in the pipeline, too. As we all know, 2019 is a firm, tannic vintage and the component parts here are stern, square cut and youthful while the 29% Shiraz adds gloss, it does not yet soften the whole. This may well come in time, but at the moment, this is a wine with Aussie gloss over a stalwart Bordelais core. Given time, as with all structured 2019s, it is likely to come around, but what will result from this experiment? I am intrigued to find out.
Penfolds’ partner in Bordeaux is the estimable CVBG Dourthe, at whose Ch Belgrave Gago poured 2010 St Henri at the launch of their brace of Bordeaux-inspired wines – ‘and the French went crazy’, he assured us. Doubtless because of my European roots, I actually enjoyed the much cheaper all-bordeaux wine made at Ch Cambon La Pelouse, now owned by Treasury, to the trans-hemispherical blend. Here’s Gago’s quote about their Bordeaux adventure: ‘This is the start of our French winemaking journey. Our main objective? To remain true to the winemaking ethos of both wineries, to deliver the best blend possible, to ideally make Bordeaux and South Australia proud. This wine is not about bigness or boldness or assertion. It is blended to convey an ethereal lightness, subtlety on the palate – sensitively binding two hemispheres, Old World and New.’ I’m not sure it shows ethereal lightness yet, but it may do with time. Patrick Jestin, CEO of Dourthe, commented on the Bordeaux–South Australia blend: ‘To push the boundaries and craft such a blend was an unexpected and utterly fascinating concept. Collaborating and cultivating firm friendships with the Penfolds winemaking team in blending such an exceptional wine was a dream come true. For us, this was ground-breaking, resulting in a totally original, innovative wine – Penfolds II – which far surpassed all our expectations, while remaining true to the culture and style of our respective countries and houses.’ It certainly must have been fun, though heavy on the carbon footprint as the Bordeaux component was air-freighted to Adelaide for blending and bottling.
Penfolds II, a partnership with Dourthe
The first release is made in partnership with négociant house Dourthe Bordeaux,overseen by both Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago and Dourthe technical director Frédéric Bonnaffous. A surprise in one way, as it blends grapes from Bordeaux (71%) andSouth Australia (29%), but in keeping with the recent global expansion of Penfolds. Thecompany now has winemaking ventures in China, California, Australia and France –including a partnership with Thiénot Champagne that saw the release of three cuvéesunder the Thiénot x Penfolds label in 2019. The inaugural vintage here is Penfolds IICabernet Shiraz Merlot 2019, blended and bottled in South Australia, but with the name ofboth partners on the label, and taking a similar approach to the Bin 149, which is a blendof Barossa, Coonawarra and Napa grapes.
Penfolds releases its first-ever Bordeaux/Oz blend
Australian wine brand Penfolds has released its first-ever Bordeaux/Australian blend - and the first French wine to be included in its annual collection release. The new release was made in partnership with Dourthe Bordeaux, one of the region’s most respected winemaking houses. The new wine spans the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, blending grapes from Bordeaux (71%) and South Australia (29%) thanks to the work of Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago and Dourthe Chief Winemaker Frédéric Bonnaffous.
Penfolds launches two inaugural French
winesPenfolds has partnered with Bordeaux winemaking house Dourthe to produce one of the two French offerings. Peter Gago, chief winemaker at Penfolds, and Dourthe chief winemaker Frédéric Bonnaffous came together for the collaboration, blending grapes from Bordeaux (71%) and South Australia (29%) to develop the wine.
The result – Penfolds II Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2019 – made from the 2019 vintage, was blended and bottled in South Australia by Penfolds winemakers. Penfolds chief winemaker Gago said of the partnership: “This is the start of our French winemaking journey. Our main objective? To remain true to the winemaking ethos of both wineries, to deliver the best blend possible, to ideally make Bordeaux and South Australia proud. This wine is not about bigness or boldness or assertion. It is blended to convey an ethereal lightness, subtlety on the palate – sensitively binding two hemispheres, Old World and New.” Patrick Jestin, Dourthe CEO, commented that the wine had “surpassed all our expectations”. The wine benefitted from the integration of traditional French winemaking techniques and time-honoured Australian winemaking methods, staying true to “the culture and style of our respective countries and houses”, according to Jestin.
He added: “To push the boundaries and craft such a blend was an unexpected and utterly fascinating concept. Collaborating and cultivating firm friendships with the Penfolds winemaking team in blending such an exceptional wine was a dream come true. For us, this was ground-breaking, resulting in a totally original, innovative wine – Penfolds II.”
In making its own classic Bordeaux blend (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 13% Petit Verdot) from Haut-Médoc grapes, Penfolds pays due homage and respect to the home of claret in this French Winemaking Trial (FWT). It’s a pretty wine – the Petit Verdot and Merlot fragrance dances...