Penfolds Luxury & Icon Collection & Domaine Chandon Pinot Noir Rosé
Pinot Noir Rosé
May is the month when investors and connoisseurs alike look to Penfolds annual
release of their Luxury and Icon Collection, a $1750 parcel this year of
stalwarts led by the latest Grange to go into the market place, similarly a
Yattarna Chardonnay and the finest Cabernet Sauvignons and Shiraz.
And this year an inaugural release of a new contemporary Coonawarra Cabernet
Sauvignon, the Bin 169 from the 2008 vintage ($250 from Cellar Door only).
The Grange is the 2007 that's priced at $625, the Yattarna Chardonnay the 2009
from the best cool-climate regions ($130 Cellar Door and select on-premises
only), while there is also a 2010 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay that's
got a $95 price tag.
Also at $95 is the 2008 St Henri Shiraz, and at $250 a 2009 Bin 707 Cabernet
Sauvignon, 2009 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz ($175), and a 2009 Magill Estate
Shiraz that's available Cellar Door and select on-premises only at $130).
Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago describes these wines as "classic Penfolds
with a solid track record for cellaring performance... the collection spans four
vintages and includes the best of the new, together with the inaugural 2008 Bin
169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon - a wine style that is reflective of our
winemaking team's search for diversity and excellence".
One For Lunch:
We attended a Mother's Day fund-raiser lunch for breast cancer research, and on
arrival all the ladies were presented with a nicely chilled glass of Domaine
Chandon Pinot Noir Rosé, a pink bubbly that proved not only moreish but very
appropriate in colour for the occasion.
This cool climate drop from the Yarra Valley was full of red berry, cherry and
spicy aromas and flavours, and ideal at $24.95 to get the lunch humming - and
you'll find, a great match with antipasto.
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