Penfolds: 50 year old Tawny

History in a Bottle: Penfolds 50 Year Old Rare Tawny

But started its life in 1915 and saw in both World Wars... The inaugural release Series 1. is limited to 330 bottles globally, all individually numbered and you could be the proud owner of one

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The 50 Year Old Rare Tawny is a symbol of Penfolds’ heritage, typifying collaboration and shared creative expression. For Series 1, Penfolds collaborated with master glass craftsman Nick Mount, one of the leading figures in the Australian studio glass movement since the early 1970s, to create 330 units, individually blown and hand crafted to suit the rarity of the wine. Nick was also the artist behind the exquisite Ampule which is available for £100,000.

The wine encased captures the legacy of past and the aspirations of present winemakers, spanning a century of fortified history in one blend. Amongst the many individual components captured in this wine is the 1915 vintage, reported to be the foundation of the first Grandfather cask. Additionally, the 1940, 1945 vintages, the first two commercial releases of the Grandfather (in 1965 and 1969 respectively) and the first Great Grandfather release (1994). Incorporating the 1915 vintage component from Penfolds’ precious glass stock reserves, means the Penfolds 50 Year Old Rare Tawny carries a generic connection to the earliest recorded vintage of Penfolds Grandfather Tawny.

Maturation in seasoned oak hogsheads. Some components were aged further in the original Grandfather Solera. The 1915 component, after barrel maturation was glass-aged in half-gallon flagons. Vintage components also include1940, 1945 and various vintages and blends from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including 1959 to 1962, 1971, 1974 and 1987.

  • Buy for £1,400.00 IB per bottle
  • Buy for £1,680.00 DP per bottle
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