After our Henschke tour, we headed to Penfolds Magill Estate. The table is massive, as we were joined by the West Coast group.
The Penfolds slogan “1844 to evermore” stems from its original purpose as a perscribed tonic.
We tasted through several different lines that Penfolds offers, with varietals ranging from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon to Syrah. A catalogue from 1889 lists wines from the Grange and Magill vineyards as Mataro, Grenache, Constantia, Grange Port, Frontignac, Grange Tawny, Pedro Ximenes, Tokay, Madeira, Grange Sherry and Muscadine. The catalogue adds, “We have also light red and white dinner wines of claret and riesling types, suitable for use in Clubs.”
I have no idea what the Penfolds website means by Clubs, but sounds like fun.
We did have the opportunity to sample the 2006 Grange, arguably Australia’s most famous wine. Peter was bullish on the 2006 vintage. Peak drinking time is between 2012-2046. He described it as, “Very Penfolds, very Barossa, very Grange!”
After our tasting, we went on a tour of the estate.
This poster also caught my eye. Unfortunately, it didn’t have a date stamp.