Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Penfolds Gala Tasting - Jimbaran Outdoor Lounge

First of all, thank you for Intercontinental Hotel Jakarta which has invited me to this incredible and gorgeous Penfolds Gala Tasting at Jimbaran Outdoor Lounge. It's my pleasure to attend this Wine Tasting Night and meet all of you there. Every little time spent here was memorable. So here is, the full review for this fabulous event at this month. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Fabulous Penfolds Gala Tasting Night!

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) at 22 October 2014 announces a new partnership with global wine company, Treasury Wine Estates, to offer a premium selection of wine from award-winning Australian marque Penfolds at more than 65 InterContinental hotels and resorts across Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).

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The collaboration will bring a great new selection of fine wines to hotel dinner tables and bars, enhancing dining experiences across the region. InterContinental guests also can expect exciting new programmes and events specially tailored for the wine connoisseur in them, including exclusive wine flights, access to rare and limited wines and a bespoke wine list to match every dining occasion in each hotel. Hotel teams at InterContinental hotels and resorts across the region will undergo training by Treasury Wine Estates to provide curated wine lists specifically tailored for each restaurant, bar and lounge in the property. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts will also have access to the entire portfolio of Penfolds wines including exclusive selections available in limited quantity. By the way, can you imagine how Penfolds start their incredible journey until now?! Here, I'll tell you a complete answer of it.

History Maker
Penfolds is one of Australia’s oldest and most iconic wineries, with a history and heritage that reflects the country’s journey from colonial settlement to the modern era. Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia – and across the world. 

The Colonial Period (1844 - 1899)

Penfolds was founded in 1844 by Dr Christopher Rawson and Mary Penfold. English immigrants, they arrived in Adelaide only eight years after it was founded as South Australia’s capital. After purchasing the ‘delightfully situated and truly valuable estate’ at Magill on the slopes of the Adelaide Hills, they planted a vineyard and established a medical surgery in the newly built stone cottage ‘The Grange’. Already wine was considered by colonial practitioners as a healthy drink. Penfolds tonic wines became so popular that a thriving wine business was soon established.
By 1881, Penfolds was producing one third of South Australia’s wine production. During the turn-of-the- century Penfolds wines reached some of the furthest corners of the British Empire. It became Australia’s largest producer of fortified wines by the time of Australia’s Federation in 1901. 

- The Empire Period (1900 - 1945)

During the empire period, Penfolds expanded its vineyards and became a household name across Australia. It exported table and fortified wines to the British Empire and its outposts.
Max Schubert – a then young inquisitive winemaker – travelled to Europe after World War II to investigate winemaking where he dreamed of making wines that would capture the imagination of wine drinkers the world over. The mission was to learn about sherry production but a side trip to Bordeaux led to the extraordinary development of Penfolds Grange and the commercialisation of dry red table wines.

- The Dynastic Period (1945 - 1989)

The birth of Grange in 1951 lead to a remarkable collection of wines that bought Penfolds worldwide recognition for their signature style, consistency and longevity. By the early 1960s Schubert oversaw the creation of ‘a dynasty of wines which may differ in character from year to year, but all bear an unmistakable resemblance and relationship to each other’. Bin 128, Bin 389 and Bin 707 and St Henri were all commercialised during this period. This signature method of winemaking, developed and refined over decades, is known as the ‘Penfolds House Style’ and is still practiced today. Under the successive chief winemakers, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, the Penfolds collection of wines has remained true to the original blueprint

- Modern Era (1990s - Today)

During the 1990s an unprecedented number of new styles were introduced to the Penfolds collection. This was also a period of intense winemaking trials and commercial opportunity. The ‘white Grange’ project spawned the creation of Bin 144 Yattarna Chardonnay in 1995 (released in 1998). Wine trials, including the ‘experimental/homage’ Special Bin releases of 1990 Bin 90A, 1990 Bin 920 and 1996 Block 42, also led to the launch of RWT Shiraz, an ultra-fine Penfolds Barossa Shiraz, matured in French oak.

Penfolds received a long line of awards and accolades during the 2000s. In 2005 the US Wine Enthusiast magazine named Peter Gago its ‘Winemaker of the Year’ and in the same year Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine, led by Grange, recognised the history and popularity of the company’s core range of fine wines.

In more recent times 2008 Grange received a perfect score of 100 points by two of the world’s most influential wine publications, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator magazine. In 2011 Penfolds Reserve Bin 09A Chardonnay won the International Wine Challenge Champion White Wine award. In 2013 the prestigious Wine and Spirits magazine included Penfolds as a ‘top winery of the year’, for the twenty-third consecutive year - more than any other winery in the world.

Continuing a tradition of innovation and experimentation, in 2012, Penfolds launched its highly ambitious ‘Ampoule Project’, a limited-release offering of twelve hand-blown glass ampoules, containing the celebrated 2004 Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Ampoules attracted worldwide attention and a little controversy. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary winemaking for the sake of improvement is a longstanding Penfolds traditionPenfolds enjoys a unique Australian heritage; its wines evoke an ageless generosity of spirit, craftsmanship and the beauty of the Australian landscape. As Chief Winemaker Peter Gago says; ‘the wine always come first’. It is this enduring principle and generosity of spirit, handed down by generations of winemakers, in the vineyards, the wineries and the markets, that gives Penfolds wines a unique and timeless quality

After understanding Penfolds Backgrounder, now let's take a look of their product. Dare you to try some?! 

Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet 2012 ($17.00)

Since its first vintage in 1976, Koonunga Hill’s reputation has been built upon its affordable price, its approachability in its youth, with the potential to develop if carefully cellared. Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet is very much a reflection of the Penfolds winemaking style and philosophy. Sourced from premium vineyards across South Australia, the wine is known for its full-flavoured style always with impressive Shiraz and Cabernet fruit, firm yet well-rounded structure and balanced oak. There is no reason to doubt why the 2012 Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet cannot join an impressive list of memorable Koonunga Hill Vintages - Vintages that have cellared well, often beyond that expected, proudly Penfolds!

Wine Analysis:
Alc / Vol: 13.5%
Acidity: 6.1g/L
pH: 3.62
Colour: Dark plum with a ruby rim
Region: Multi - regional, South Australia
Penfolds Chief Winemaker: Peter Gago

Penfolds Luxury Collection (Left to Right)
1. Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012 ($175.00)
2. Penfolds St.Henri Shiraz 2011 ($95.00)
3. Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz 2012 ($130.00)

1. Penfolds RWT Shiraz 
Penfolds RWT Shiraz presents an admirable alternative to the multi-regional sourcing and American oak maturation that are hallmarks of Grange, expressing instead, single-region Barossa Valley Shiraz matured only in French oak. The initials RWT stand for ‘Red Winemaking Trial’, the name given to the project internally when developmental work began in 1995. Naturally, now no longer a ‘Trial’ RWT Shiraz was launched in May 2000 with the 1997 vintage. Its style is opulent and fleshy, contrasting with Grange, which is more muscular and assertive. RWT is made from fruit primarily selected for its aromatic qualities and fine texture rather than sheer intensity or power of flavour. The result is a wine that helps to redefine Barossa Shiraz at the highest quality level. 

Wine Analysis:
Alc / Vol: 14.5%
Acidity: 6.9g/L
pH: 3.71
Colour: Blackness at core, magenta on rim
Region: Barossa Valley

2. Penfolds St.Henri 
Penfolds St.Henri is a time-honoured and alternative expression of Shiraz, and an intriguing counterpoint to Grange. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on any new oak. Released for the first time by Penfolds in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957), it gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood. Proudly, a wine style that hasn’t succumbed to the dictates of fashion or commerce. St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1,460 litre vats that allow the wine to develop, imparting minimal, if any oak character. Although a small proportion of Cabernet is sometimes used to improve structure, the focal point for St Henri remains Shiraz. This 2011 vintage is 100% Shiraz. 

Wine Analysis:
Alc / Vol: 14.5%
Acidity: 6.6g/L
pH: 3.65
Colour: Deep Plum Red
Region: McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills

3. Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz
The single vineyard Magill Estate Shiraz is intrinsically linked to Penfolds beginnings. Sourced from the original Magill Vineyard on the edge of Adelaide’s eastern suburbs (just eight kilometres from the city’s CBD), fruit is crushed, fermented and matured on-site at the original Penfolds Magill winery, established in 1844. First produced in 1983, Magill Estate Shiraz is an elegant, medium-weight style with velvety texture and fine tannins, matured in both French and American oak. It is a sleek, contemporary wine, yet crafted the original way in the 170-year-old winery: hand-picked, vinified in open fermenters and then basket pressed to complete fermentation in barrel. 

Wine Analysis:
Alc / Vol: 14.5%
Acidity: 7.5g/L
pH: 3.62
Colour: Deep red, crimson on edge
Region: Magill Estate

Additional Buffet on this event!

BBQ Party (Fish - Squid - Beef - and Chicken)

I feel so hot in there, but the taste it's so yummy! 

Duck Confit

It's so simple and mouthwatering! 

Chocolate Cashew Nut Tart

There's always a room for dessert. Do you agree?! 

Penfolds Brand Video! (Original Video)

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