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Wednesday 29 June 2016

The most useful free service in Australian wine turns 25

Some 25 years ago, Penfolds instituted a unique after-sales service to customers; re-corking clinics for older wines that might need a little care and attention. 

The Penfolds Re-Corking Clinics are celebrating that milestone with a national tour of Australia from August-October. 

The clinics provide collectors from around the world with complimentary wine "health checks" for Penfolds red wines, aged 15 years or older.

Peter Gago
Re-corking Clinics allow wine enthusiasts the opportunity to, as required, open and visually inspect their wine, assess the quality, top up, certify, and re-capsule their prized bottles, arresting any further deterioration due to leakage or low levels. 

Penfolds has been providing the Re-corking Clinic service to collectors around the world since 1991, with over 130,000 bottles certified since their inception. 

Wine owners must make a booking for their respective clinic, where the Penfolds winemaking team will be on-hand to assess each registered bottle. 

“After 25 years, the Re-corking Clinics continue to amaze and evolve, transcending all our expectations,” says chief winemaker Peter Gago. 

"As winemakers, it is so meaningful and rewarding to meet collectors and share the personal story of their wine’s unique journey. Professionally it is gratifying to witness the ongoing quality of rare treasures that span so many decades, each one adding to the unfinished story that is Penfolds."

All bottles that are re-corked will be certified and signed by the winemaker. A valuation service is also optionally provided by leading Australian fine wine auction house, Langtons. 

Registrations are now open for the Australian clinics. The program will then head overseas, visiting the UK, US and Canada before the end of the year. 

The Australian dates are:
Perth: August 9-10
Brisbane: August 18-19
Sydney: September 6-8 
Melbourne: September 20-22
Adelaide: October 11-12. 

For information, or to register, see Bookings are essential. 

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