Decanter 96 points – Intense savoury nose of spice, mushroom and polish feels really old. Palate is wild with molasses, orange, spice and almost endless power. Extraordinary acid and poise, so long…
Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny is batch-aged in old oak hogsheads for approximately eight years. After this stage it enters the six-stack ‘Grandfather Solera’, a fractional blending system utilised to maintain consistency in style. Each year winemakers draw one-twelfth of each barrel from the lowest level of the Solera. The barrel is then topped up from the barrel sitting above it and the process is complete when the barrels on the highest level are one-twelfth empty. The top barrels then receive the blended eight-year-old Grandfather Tawny. Theoretically, the wine drawn from the lowest level of the Solera is now at least twenty years of age, having been in the fractional blending system for twelve years. During the maturation process, the wines become more concentrated and complex; opulence, weight and sweetness is intertwined and balanced by the alcohol, acidity, oak nuances and volatility. Grandfather Rare Tawny, with an average age in excess of fifteen years, has a dense, tawny colour, with rich, nutty aromas and extraordinary intensity on the palate.
Alcohol level: 19.8% Grape composition: 25% Shiraz, 25% Grenache, 10% Mataro
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Vineyard Region: Barossa Valley
Vintage Conditions Penfolds Great Grandfather is a multi vintage blend.
Grape Variety: Mourvedre, Shiraz (Syrah), Grenache
Maturation: A selection of the very finest and oldest barrels was set aside as components for Grandfather Tawny were made. They were then placed into a solero system and each year a strictly limited amount is released as Great Grandfather Grand Old Liqueur Tawny.