Penfolds Releases Wines Made From American Grapes
Wines outside of Europe are often called New World wines. One of Australia’s major winners, Penfolds is doubling down on being the New World with its new California collection, half of which consists of mixtures of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz (Sehra) from California and Australia. Penfalds has been interested in California since the 1980s, and after much experimentation, it is now releasing four wines made primarily of grapes grown, some from Australian cuttings, mixed with Penfolds fruit from Australia is. California variables dominate. The powerful and complex top-of-the-line, Quantum Bin 98 Cabernet Sauvignon ($ 700 a bottle), entitled Ceiling, and to a lesser extent the Earth and Fruit Bin 149 Cabernet Sauvignon ($ 149), both blends Australian wine. Are included, labeled. World’s wines. There is also the Bin 704 Nappa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, an all-California ($ 70) absent sweetness or oaky swagger, but with a whole of Napa Valley-style eucalyptus as soon as it opens. The Bin 600 California Cabernet-Shiraz ($ 50) is the lightest, yet coerced and ready to drink. These wines, all 2018, all have a coherent bold, muscular character, with a well-knit fruit, structure and acidity, described as “house style” by the winner Gago. The alcohol content of each wine is about 14.5 percent.
Penfolds California Collection 2021 begins March 4 penfolds.com.