50 Year Old Rare Tawny
100 Points, The Wine Advocate
“Pale tawny-brown in color and exuding an incredibly complex nose of walnuts, gingerbread, Manuka honey, treacle / molasses, plus tons of earth notes that show nuances of bark, loam and fungi and later-emerging wafts of exotic incense and spice notes of sandalwood, cloves and spice cake, the Penfolds Series Two 50 Year Old Port is a very big, rich and intense Port-style wine with a wonderful array of aromas and flavors, a crisp line of acid and an epically long finish.”
The 50 Year Old Rare Tawny is a symbol of Penfolds heritage, typifying collaboration and shared creative expression.
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 Penfold 50 Year Old Rare Tawny carries a generic connection to the earliest recorded vintage of Penfolds Grandfather Tawny.
Vibrant and fresh, intensely complex with vanillin, burnt toffee, dark chocolate and Christmas pudding elements all seamlessly integrated.
Silky and luscious with concentrated flavours of mocha, chocolate and fruit cake. These flavours evolve and complex into salted plum and savoury spices, lingering on and on in a perfectly balanced finish.
For the Series one release in 2013, Penfolds collaborated with glass artist Nick Mount to create 330 units, individually blown and hand crafted to suit the rarity of the wine. The wine encased captures the legacy of past and the aspirations of present winemakers, spanning almost a century of fortified history in one blend.
The Penfolds 50 Year Old Rare Tawny is much more than a celebration of creative artistic endeavour. It is the ultimate reflection of a our philosophy that binds together generations of like-minded Penfolds Winemakers.
It honours time-proven tradition, style, innovation and quality above all else. Not unlike the winemakers who set aside an exceptional vintage nearly a century ago in 1915. So when you open the Penfolds 50 Year Old Rare Tawny, you are tapping into the spirit and vigour of winemakers who had the foresight to preserve the best vintages of their age to care for their successors.
Respected Australian glass artist Nick Mount was commissioned to create a bottle design worthy of its contents. The uniquely designed and individually crafted bottle was skillfully hand-blown and hand-assembled.
The passion and technical skill of blowing glass by hand; the precision of the hand-turned wooden stoppers crafted from history-soaked timbers of old Penfolds fortified barrels; the painstaking hours of positioning and attaching each pewter crest and hand-twisting every muselet wire: these time-honoured artisanal skills have created a beautifully tailored receptacle for this long-awaited Tawny.