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Friday 11 October 2019

Birthday celebration wine will set you back $1500 a bottle

It is a couple of months ago that we were allowed to taste the Penfolds Special Bin 111A Clare Valley Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016 - and then sworn to secrecy.

Penfolds is this year celebrating 175 years of winemaking and the new release marks the milestone.

It is a remarkable wine - but one for collectors given the equally extraordinary price tag. My notes say: "Big, inky and intense with a syrupy smoothness. One for the cellar."

It has been close to a decade since Penfolds last released a Special Bin wine, which the company says are “made only in extraordinary circumstances.”

Following in the footsteps of the legendary 1962 Bin 60A, perhaps Penfolds most lauded Special Bin, the new release has already caught the attention of wine critics globally, lauded a perfect 100-point score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

There is, of course, no such thing as a perfect wine but some "experts" just can't help themselves when it comes to making headlines.

“Bin 111A is an authentic Penfolds Special Bin, rare and true to the Penfolds house style," says Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago.

"Special Bins are path finding vintages and are only released if they offer something extra, different and unique. These wines make a very important statement about Penfolds and they also represent a heritage of curiosity, experimentation and Australian wine making innovation first started by Penfolds 175 years ago.”

Named after the wine’s oak maturation stack number, Special Bin 111A is the first Special Bin blend of Clare Valley and Barossa Valley.

Penfolds Special Bin 111A Clare Valley Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016 is available now. RRP: $1,500 for a 750ml bottle. (Magnums are also available in some regions). 

PS to Penfolds: My invite to the 175th birthday bun fight must have gone missing in the post  

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