Penfolds at All Price Points

Some years ago a prominent national wine columnist wrote that he was writing an extra-ordinary number of columns on the De Bortoli’s value for money releases. He added that it was hard not when they provided such wonderful value.

With my wine roles in restaurants with the Lamont’s group, writing and radio (2pm Saturdays, 6PR with Harvey Deegan and Erin Larkin) I have received on average over the years 30 plus wine samples a week. These are tasted masked by the panel in varietal line-ups.

In the sixties, seventies and eighties, Penfolds consistently provided the value in almost all shiraz price ranges. Shortly afterwards, to necessarily capitalise on their achievements, prices increased. The wines remained very good but perhaps were not the value of previous decades.

Penfolds currently have 4 of Australia’s great reds on the market – all at above $350RRP – but are once again providing some of the great values as well.

Penfold’s Max’s Shiraz Cabernet 2013 ($33) 18+ points

The clear value star in a line-up of 20 very good Australian cabernets. “Restrained, soft, fruit driven and of enormous length.. Low but texturing and lingering quality oak influences. Seamless. Almost unbeatable for deliciousness and satisfaction – and value.

John Jens, 14th March 2016