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Wednesday 29 August 2018

The premium wine tasting that must remain a secret - for now

Earlier this week, myself and a few dozen other Australian wine and lifestyle writers were invited to Melbourne to taste the wines of the 2018 Penfolds Collection - including the 2014 Penfolds Grange. 

Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago was in attendance, as was white wine guru Kym Schroeder, and the formidable (and lovely) Penfolds PR team. 

There is only one problem about this tasting.

Wine lovers have  asked on-line for my verdict. Friends and neighbours want to know how the 2014 Grange stacks up. But I am sworn to secrecy. 

Over the next five weeks Gago will tour the globe hold similar tastings in major cities around the world. Experts in London, New York and China will be presented with the same wines for their consideration. 

On October 4, after a global embargo has been lifted, we will all be able to to reveal all; our scores and highlights, reviews and observations.

For now, however, I am sworn to silence (as are all the other tasters, even the venerable James Halliday who will doubtless have some high 90s up his sleeve).

I can tell you this: The 2018 Penfolds Collection comprises wines from five vintages, features seven different grape varieties and wines from 15 different regions across Australia. 

We tasted 19 new releases, priced from $40 to $900  - and sampled two Granges; the 1994 was opened to compare with the 2014. 

Then I went home to baked beans on toast.  

For full details of the 2018 Penfolds Collection seee from October 4. In the meantime, let the excitement build.  

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