November 1 2021  |  Spirits & Tobacco

Penfolds releases three limited-edition wines

By Laura Shirk

Penfolds g5 is blended from the 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 vintages of Grange to create a unique expression of the Penfolds flagship

Penfolds, a division of Treasury Wine Estates, has announced the release of three limited-edition wines targeted at collectors and available at selected duty free shops globally.

The first two are Penfolds Superblend 802.A and 802.B Cabernet Shiraz. These wines represent two interpretations of the signature Australian blend – cabernet sauvignon and shiraz.

Selected from the 2018 South Australian vintage, both wines include significant parcels of fruit from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra with smaller blending components also sourced from Wrattonbully, Robe and Clare Valley.

Penfolds 2018 Superblend 802-A Cabernet Shiraz was aged in new American oak hogsheads for 22 months prior to being blended. Cabernet sauvignon comprises 68% of the blend, with shiraz contributing 32%.

Penfolds 2018 Superblend 802-B Cabernet Shiraz (55% cabernet sauvignon and 45% shiraz) was blended post vintage, completing 19 months maturation in French oak hogsheads.

The pair are being released sequentially and are designed to be collected. Penfolds 2018 Superblend 802.A Cabernet Shiraz was introduced in 750ml (RRP A$900/$677) and 1.5L (RRP A$2,250/$1,700) formats in August 2021. Superblend 802.B will be released in August 2022.

Collectors will be able purchase the Superblend wines at selected duty free shops globally. They are: Heinemann Sydney International Airport, Qantas Wine, Penfolds Wine Bar Adelaide Airport, Macau International airport, T Galleria Macau, Hong Kong International Airport, Singapore Changi Airport, Krisshop.

The third wine to be released is Penfolds g5, blended from five vintages of Grange. The wine is the final release in the ‘g’ series trio – following the success of Penfolds g3 and g4 in 2017 and 2020 respectively.

Penfolds g5 is blended from the 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 vintages to create a unique expression of the Penfolds flagship.

The wine is an evolution of the original g concept, blending not three or four vintages of Grange but five to deliver a wine that honors the famous brand.

The release of the new g5 coincides with Grange’s 70th anniversary year. One of the wine’s components - the much-awaited 2018 Grange - will be released in August 2022, adding further mystery to the Penfolds g5 release.

Only 2,200 bottles of the ultra-rare Penfolds g5 are available around the world. The RRP is A$3,500 ($2,631) for a 750ml bottle.

Penfolds g5 will be available to purchase at selected duty free shops globally. They are: Heinemann Sydney International Airport, Qantas Wine, Penfolds Wine Bar Adelaide Airport, Macau International airport, T Galleria Macau, Hong Kong International Airport.

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