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The 50 Year Old Rare Tawny is a symbol of Penfolds heritage. The wine captures the legacy of past and the aspirations of present winemakers, spanning almost a century of fortified history in one blend. The 50 Year Old Rare Tawny is a symbol of Penfolds heritage, typifying collaboration and shared creative expression. 

Amongst the many individual components captured in this wine is the 1915 vintage, reported to be the foundation of the first Grandfather cask. Additionally, the 1940, 1945 vintages, the first two commercial releases of the Grandfather (in 1965 and 1969 respectively) and the first Great Grandfather release (1994). Incorporating the 1915 vintage component from Penfolds precious glass stock reserves means the Penfold 50 Year Old Rare Tawny carries a generic connection to the earliest recorded vintage of Penfolds Grandfather Tawny

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Wine Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. Sourced from specifically selected vineyards identified for producing fruit with the characteristics required to produce wines that can successfully undergo the fifty-plus years maturation in old seasoned oak.

Maturation: Maturation in seasoned oak hogsheads. Some components were aged further in the original Grandfather Solera. The 1915 component, after barrel maturation was glass-aged in half-gallon flagons. Vintage components also include 1940, 1945 and various vintages and blends from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including 1959 to 1962, 1971, 1974 and 1987.

Variety: A blend of many varieties that include, but not limited to, Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Cabernet.

 

Deep olive brown with a distinctive yellow-green edge. Vibrant and fresh, intensely complex with vanillin, burnt to ee, dark chocolate and Christmas pudding elements all seamlessly integrated. Silky and luscious with concentrated flavours of mocha, chocolate and fruit cake. These flavours evolve and complex into salted plum and savoury spices, lingering on and on in a perfectly balanced finish.

A blend of many significant vintages in Penfolds fortified history, spanning some 101 years.

 

A blend of many varieties that include, but not limited to, Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Cabernet.Sourced from specifically selected vineyards identified for producing fruit with the characteristics required to produce wines that can successfully undergo the fifty-plus years maturation in old seasoned oak.

Alc/Vol 19.5%

This wine has been aged in small wood for an average of fifty years. Immediately upon release drinking optimally.

 

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Only 330 bottles released from this series, so your chances of locating it are small, though at a mere $3500 each, not sure many will be rushing. But it is a stunning wine. A fabulous old tawny. Wonderful old tea notes, orange blossoms, raisins. This is wonderfully, almost unimaginably complex. And with extraordinary length. Glorious. If you have a lazy three and a half K, you could do worse.

Score: 100/100

Best drinking: will excite and impress for as long as politicians tell lies.

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Pale tawny/amber colored with a green tinge at the rim, the NV 50 Year Old Rare Tawny (Series Three) has a gorgeous walnut and fruit cake-laced nose with a core of liquid licorice, coffee, treacle, roasted nuts and salted caramel. The palate is decadently rich and unctuous with tons of sweetness and the freshness to balance with an epically long fruit and nut finish.

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Origin

Magill, South Australia

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Inside Information

For the Series one release in 2013, Penfolds collaborated with glass artist Nick Mount to create 330 units, individually blown and hand crafted to suit the rarity of the wine. The wine encased captures the legacy of past and the aspirations of present winemakers, spanning almost a century of fortified history in one blend. 

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