The red and white Australian vintages reflect the brand’s distinct house style, and winemaking philosophy, and are highly rated by wine experts such as James Suckling and Andrew Caillard MW

If there’s one thing that would get wine lovers excited about Australian wines, it would have to be the Penfolds 2020 Collection. Launched only last month, the repertoire showcases fine wines comprising red and wine vintages—all of which include the brand’s distinct house style and winemaking philosophy that has endured through generations.

This time around, the new release spans multi-region and multi-vineyard blends as well as single-region wines and a single-vineyard variety, with the Grange series leading the pack. Perfect for everyday drinking is the Grange 2016, a delicious blend of 97 per cent Shiraz and three per cent Cabernet Sauvignon with an intense flavour and structure. In fact, Penfolds’ winemaker Peter Gago mentioned that he isn’t playing favourites but “the 2016 Grange may politely nudge the classic 2004 and 2010.”

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Penfolds also took advantage of this collection to launch Penfolds G4, a new offering created from four exceptional Grange vintages—namely 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2016. Gago admitted that these vintages were amongst their favourites of the last two decades, and the synergy created an expression that “worked perfectly from a quality, structural and style perspective.”

Moving on from the Grange series and you have the classic 2018 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, made with 57 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and 43 per cent Shiraz for a judicious balance of fruit and oak. It’s also often referred to as “Baby Grange” mainly because it was matured in barrels that previously held Grange Vintage. 

More exceptional wines can be found in the collection, including the Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet, a contemporary 2018 expression of cabernet which is only released in exceptional years. There’s also the 2017 St Henri, crafted with 97 per cent Shiraz and 3 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, and, as what Gago said, is a “masterclass of texture with silky, polished tannins”.

While the red vintages are exemplary, the white wines hold their own with releases such as the 2019 Bin 311 Chardonnay and the 2018 Yattarna—both of which are made with 100 per cent Chardonnay. The former though has delicate citrus notes and balanced acidity, while the Yattarna has a substantial flavour coupled with a textural dynamic.

The 2020 Penfolds Collection is distributed by Treasury Wine Estates.

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Above 2019 Bin 311 Chardonnay