Penfolds Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir 2001
1 or more bottles$35.99
Huon Hooke90 points
The Penfolds Cellar Reserve style continues to evolve. Using a selection from high altitude, cool climate Adelaide Hills vineyards, a major winemaking objective is to craft a wine that is both complex while still maturing admirably in bottle. Too many Australian Pinot Noirs promise much at release but fade soon after - rarely manifesting trademark silky tannins and evocative secondary notes. As the Hills vines age (especially those from selected new clones) and a natural vine balance/yield ensues, it is expected that these wines will also go from strength to strength. Neither fined nor filtered, the base wines were cold-soaked in open fermenters in the Magill Estate Winery for 4 days prior to the onset of ferment (natural yeasts).
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"Medium brick-red/tawny colour. Looks a bit faded. Smells a bit tired and maybe oxidised. Second bottle smells better, with lots of character in a leather, stemmy, peppery, vegetal way, and quite meat-stocky, roasting pan juices, very complex. Quite intense and deep, fairly tannic, with typical Penfolds structure. Has length and zip, aided by some slightly edgy acidity. Good wine. Has character."
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About the brand Penfolds
Penfolds, a renowned winery steeped in history, traces its origins back to 1844 when it was founded by Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold, a young English doctor, and his wife Mary. Nestled in Magill, on the outskirts of Adelaide, they established a humble cottage and planted vine cuttings from the South of France, laying the foundation for what would become an iconic winemaking legacy.
Fast forward to 1989, when Peter Gago joined the Penfolds team. With his exceptional talent and expertise, he ascended to the position of Chief Winemaker in 2002, leading a remarkable team of experienced winemakers. Under his guidance, they diligently uphold the traditions set by the previous owners and continually strive for excellence in winemaking.
Central to Penfolds' winemaking philosophy is their signature multi-regional blending approach. By sourcing grapes from diverse regions, such as Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, and McLaren Vale, they craft wines that showcase the finest qualities of each terroir. These wines are a harmonious fusion of flavors, meticulously balanced to achieve an exceptional taste profile.
Penfolds' dedication to quality is evident not only in their grape selection but also in their winemaking techniques. Embracing the use of fine-grained American and French oak, along with barrel fermentation and maturation, they enhance the wines' complexity and character.
Throughout its existence, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking not just in Australia but across the world. With a legacy spanning nearly two centuries, they have firmly established themselves as one of Australia's most esteemed and influential wineries.
Today, Penfolds sources grapes from an extensive network of over 220 vineyards scattered throughout Australia. From this vast collection, only the very best grapes are chosen, ensuring that every bottle bears the mark of the brand's uncompromising commitment to excellence. Whether enjoyed locally or savored by wine enthusiasts worldwide, Penfolds wines continue to exemplify the epitome of Australian winemaking mastery.