Mourvedre Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Grenache South Australia
The story of Australia's most revered fortified wine dates back to 1915, when an exclusive barrel of old Tawny Port, was set aside for the sole use of the Penfold family. Revered internationally as one of Australia's finest exports, perennially feted with trophies and gold, Penfolds Grandfather Liqueur Tawny is a blend of the rarest Australian old Port wines, aged in a selection of small oak casks. The rich yet delicate fruit character harmonises sublimely with evolved, aged rancio complexity into a truly luxuriously aged Liqueur Tawny.
Christopher Rawson Penfold planted vines on the slopes of Magill in 1844, with a view to producing fortified wine for curative purposes. Grandfather Rare Tawny is an assemblage of old stocks, mainly Mourvedre and Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache, sourced from vineyards which are specifically managed for fortified wine. Every year, components of the highest peerage are assembled and added to the Grandfather Solera. Grandfather is aged at least twenty years before being drawn off for bottling. During the extended maturation, Grandfather Rare Tawny develops concentration and complexity, achieving extraordinary palate weight, structure and sublime sweetness.
Deep amber mahogany colour with gold tinges indicative of great age. Extremely complex, fragrant nose, exhibiting an array of nutty citrus, leather and vanillin characters melding seamlessly with hints of raisined fruit, malt and lifted spirit. Intensely raisined fruit, walnut and toffee flavours harmonise with delicate oak and rancio complexity. The palate effortlessly displays the famed attributes of great Liqueur Tawny, luscious, rich and full flavoured with mouthfilling viscosity before a long and lingering, gently drying finish.