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Penfolds Great Grandfather Grand Old Liqueur Tawny

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Woah! Now we are getting serious with the Aussie ports with this rich, luxurious offering from Penfolds. Drawn from material around 50-years-old, it's a sumptuous, rich style that shows not only rich fruitcake smells, but also figs, roasted walnuts, earthy savouriness and butterscotch. The palate is thick and mouth coating, with nutty, baked spice and dried fruit flavours, a touch of sweetness, and a well-balanced, savoury-edged finish. This is special ocassion stuff when you really want to impress!

Winemaker's Notes

In 1844 Christopher Rawson Penfold planted vines on the slopes of Magill to produce fortified wines. Now the historic bluestone cellars are home to a tradition of fortified winemaking dating back over 150 years.

In 1994, to commemorate 150 years of winemaking by Penfolds, a special blend of the finest and oldest components of Grandfather Tawny was created. This blend, befitting its great age and quality, was named Great Grandfather.

Penfolds Great Grandfather Liqueur Tawny clearly demonstrates its great age, refined although possessing an incredible intensity of flavour. Still vibrant fruit flavours merge with aged rancio complexity before a finish of extraordinary length.

Appearance: An extremely dark mahogany brown with an intense olive green tinge.

Nose: The nose is extremely intense and complex with raisined fruit, toffee and malt aromas long since integrated with nutty aged rancio, vanillin oak and subtle spirit.

Palate: The palate clearly demonstrates its great age and quality with incredible intensity of flavour, viscosity and length matched to elegance and finesse. The wine has a perfect harmony of rich developed fruit flavours, aged rancio complexity and a slightly drying finish.


Royal Brisbane Wine Show 2010 - GOLD
Vintage Cellars National Wine Show 2008 - GOLD - Class 59
Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2009 - GOLD - Class 58
Barossa Wine Show 2008 GOLD - Class 23B
Barossa Wine Show 2009 GOLD - Class 23B

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Penfolds Great Grandfather Grand Old Liqueur Tawny

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James Halliday says
Rich, but by no means heavy; great balance rancio and fruit; long and very fine; superbly balanced.
To 2008
Australian Wine Companion 2008
Tyson Stelzer says
More savoury, complex and linear and at the same time less sweet, unctuous and confected than other tawnies at this price, this is an altogether more serious offering than most of its competition. It's palate line is undeviating from start to finish, with layers of roast nut complexity and sensational savoury concentration.

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