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PENFOLDS X GEORG JENSEN

DECANTING YOUR WINE


In order for your Penfolds wines to deliver their true potential, it is recommended to follow a few simple measures.

HOW TO DECANT

The primary purpose of decanting is to separate the wine from sediment that develops in the bottle over time as a wine matures. However, even very young wines without sediment benefit from decanting as the process allows oxygen to come into contact with the wine. This oxygen contact ‘opens’ the wine up allowing it to show at its best.

Penfolds recommend decanting all of their red wines before serving. Penfolds often uses the method of double-decanting, especially for large wine dinners. This involves decanting the wine into a decanter and then back into the bottle. Many wine collectors will also double-decant to avoid confusing various different decanters as it is easy to identify the re-filled original bottles on the table during a meal.

Penfolds particularly recommends decanting Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz and Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon. It is advisable to transfer the bottle to a decanting cradle, or to stand the bottle for several hours prior to decanting. This will allow the sediment to settle at the bottom of the bottle. In a well lit area, unscrew the cap or pull the cork and pour the wine carefully and steadily into a clean decanter or glass jug. You can use a funnel if you wish. Try to minimise the amount of turbulence occurring in the bottle, as this will only disturb the sediment. Observe the wine passing through the neck and shoulder of the bottle, you may find using a candle or torch helpful. The wine should appear quite clear until you reach the point when sediment starts to trickle through. At this stage stop pouring.

To double-decant, simply rinse the original bottle out with bottled or filtered (non-chlorinated) water and dispose of all the residual sediment. Once clean, hold the bottle upside down until all the water has completely drained out. Using a clean funnel carefully refill it from the decanter. This double aeration of the wine will also help the wine open up, however with very old wines it is advisable to trickle the wine very carefully and slowly down the sides of the decanter and bottle to minimise splashing and aeration.

BIN 389 CABERNET SHIRAZ 2019

OFTEN REFERRED TO AS 'BABY GRANGE'


Bin 389 was often referred to as ‘Baby Grange’, in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960 by the legendary Max Schubert, this was the wine that helped forge Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers by combining the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the richness of shiraz. Exemplifying the judicious balance of fruit and oak, Bin 389 highlights the generous mid-palate Penfolds in known for.

BIN 407 CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2019

INSPIRED BY BIN 707


Launched with the 1990 vintage in 1993, Bin 407 was developed in response to the increasing availability of high quality cabernet sauvignon fruit. Inspired by Bin 707, Bin 407 offers varietal definition and approachability, yet still with structure and depth of flavour. Textbook cabernet sauvignon, the varietally expressive Bin 407 highlights the rewards of Penfolds multi-region, multi-vineyard blending, with a core of ripe fruit supported by sensitive use of French and American oak.

GEORG JENSEN WINE STOPPER AND POURER SET

The appreciation of wine is a sensuous thing involving, of course, taste but also smell and sight. Add to the theatre of serving wine and treat it with the respect it deserves by using the very best in bar accessories. This set of wine pourer and wine stopper uses flowing shapes cast in shiny stainless steel to bring an extra elegance to the home bar and makes a thoughtful gift for any aspiring connoisseur.

The pourer and stopper are artfully crafted from mirror-polished stainless steel and ABS plastic that guarantees no contamination of flavours.