Penfolds has announced the release of the Penfolds g4, the second in its limited-edition non-vintage trilogy that blends various Grange wines.
Leading Australian wine brand Penfolds has announced the official release of the Penfolds g4, the second in its three-part series that sees four vintages of its flagship Grange wines blended into one expression. With the Penfolds g4, Penfolds combined its iconic Grange wines from the 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2016 vintages to create a totally new wine.
The Penfolds g4 follows the Penfolds g3, the first of the series released in 2017 that showcased the Grange DNA in this unique way. The g3 blended three separate Grange vintages from the years 2008, 2012, and 2014.
In general wines are prized for their vintage years, which give a snapshot of the terroir and style that may vary across years. In winemaking, blending across different vintages is usually reserved for champagnes or fortified wines, in order for winemakers to achieve a specific house style. With this premium multi-vintage blend series, Penfolds moves away from the usual way of creating a hyper-exclusive luxury wine through vintage scarcity. It also allows the brand to tap on its history and expertise in blending across vintages, which it has used to create its tawny wine styles since the mid-1800s.
“Each vintage component was carefully selected to bring something different to the final g4 blend, adding layers of intrigue and complexity,” shares Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago.
“Broadly, the cooler-vintage 2002 Grange is highly defined and sleek while the 2004 Grange is relatively opulent in comparison. The 2008 Grange, awarded a perfect 100 points by both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, is big and bold. The final component from the yet-to-be-released 2016 Grange serves not only to ‘freshen up the blend’, but also offers its own textural and flavour imprint.”
The Penfolds g4 will be available for purchase from late August 2020. Only 2,500 bottles of this limited edition are available around the world. Price upon request. Those in Singapore keen to get their hands on a bottle can register their interest with Sam Stephens, Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador Asia and Education Lead SEAMEA at email@example.com.