The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Penfolds NZ Collection release 2023

This annual Penfolds Collection of 2023 has been released and is available in New Zealand for the first time.

Spanning variety, vineyard, country and time, the collection reflects Penfolds’ red stamp (‘House Style’), enabling and embracing the freedom to explore the best viticultural regions across Australia, and now the world.

Chief Winemaker Peter Gago says the Collection is an evolving showcase of Penfolds innovative spirit and enduring ‘House Style’ – now in a truly global context.

“The Penfolds Winemaking Team relishes the opportunity to work across two hemispheres and numerous time-zones – with like-minded people and unique winemaking cultures – redefining what ‘pushing the boundaries’ now means,” he says.

For almost two centuries, experimentation and trial continue to be a key driver of the creation of many Penfolds ‘trial’ wines including Grange (experimental 1951), Yattarna Bin 144, Red Winemaking Trial 798 (RWT) Barossa Valley Shiraz, to name a few.

This year sees the inaugural release of the Californian Collection in the New Zealand market.

A continuation of an endeavour started over 30 years ago, when Penfolds winemakers first explored Californian soils.

Two wines are available – Bin 600 Cabernet Shiraz, along with Bin 704 Cabernet Sauvignon.

The name Bin 704 draws inspiration from the “mirror” or “reverse” image of its Australian Bin 407 stablemate, a wine which also respects varietal expression.

“Each Penfolds Collection showcases a continuum of winemaking progression as we constantly and curiously look forward to ‘what’s next’,” says Gago.

“Only months from 2024, when we mark 180 years of Penfolds winemaking, there are a few blank pages ready to be filled with a few more surprises. Nothing stands still.”

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