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Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny Porttext

Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny Port 2022

Barossa Valley, South Australia, AustraliaThe Grandfather name refers to the age of the oldest Tawny in the blend, which was launched in 1915 when an oak cask containing the finest blend of available Tawny material was set aside for the exclusive use of the Penfold family. Each subsequent vintage supplied best-of-the-year batches aged individually in seasoned oak casks before blending at the 14 year mark. This blend is then introduced into the ‘Grandfather Solera’ over six stages, designed to integrate all components, leaving a minimum average age of 20 years. Some 13 varieties have made their way into Grandfather, but the backbone of the blend is shiraz, grenache, mataro, and cabernet. In all, 44 vintages from 1960 to 2004 are in the current bottling. The colour is a mix of tawny walnut brown with green edges. The nose mixes buttery, rancio, nutty notes mixed with caramel, vanilla, sweet raisins, and brown spice. It has a rich, sweet, supple texture, pitching licorice fruitcake, toffee, and orange peel in perfect balance. This is a top-quality bottle of fortified wine, and certainly one of the best made outside Spain or Portugal.Tasted: 05 November 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$67.99750mlBCL Stores
Producer: PenfoldsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Shiraz - MataróCSPC: 440214UPC: 012354071544