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UK first for Penfolds fortified wine

Penfolds is bringing its collection of fortified wines to the UK for the first time.

Penfolds fortified wines were the first wines created by the Penfolds family over 165 years ago. In 1844 Christopher Rawson Penfold planted vines on the slopes of Magill to produce fortified wines and the historic Bluestone Cellars continue to house the tradition of fortified winemaking to this day.

The range launching in the UK include Penfolds Bluestone 10 year-old Tawny (rrp £21), Penfolds Grandfather Rare Liqueur Tawny which has an average age of over 20 years (rrp £84) and Penfolds Great Grandfather Rare Tawny (rrp £170).

The wines are based on Shiraz, Mourvèdre and smaller percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache and aged in oak. Peter Gago, Penfolds chief winemaker said: “This style of wine is close to the core of Penfolds. These are the wines on which the brand was founded back in the 1800s. Today, fortified wines represent some of the best value when you consider the age of some parcels and the length and use of oak involved”.

The wines have already been listed on and are set to be rolled out across the UK market over the coming months.

Story by Gemma McKenna

Courtesy of Harpers Wine and Spirit Trades Review

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