In 1844, Christopher Rawson Penfold planted vines on the slopes of Magill to produce fortified wines. Now the historic bluestone cellars are home to a tradition of fortified winemaking dating back over 150 years. In 1915, an oak cask containing a blend of the finest tawnies was set aside for the exclusive use of the Penfold family. This became known as 'The Grandfather' due to the great age of the oldest tawnies in the blend. Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny, a blend of the finest old tawnies and aged in small oak casks, honours this proud tradition. The rich yet delicate fruit character harmonises perfectly with pronounced aged complexity to produce a truly remarkable aged rare tawny.
Deep amber - mahogany in colour with the green gold tinges indicative of great age
The nose is extremely complex and fragrant, possessing an array of nutty, vanillin, aged characters melding seamlessly with hints of raisined fruit, malt and lifted spirit.
The palate effortlessly displays the famed attributes of great Liqueur Tawny; luscious, rich and full flavoured with mouthfilling viscosity and a slightly dry finish. Intense raisined fruit, walnut and toffee flavours harmonise with subtle vanillin oak.
Intense savoury nose of spice, mushroom and polish feels really old. Palate is wild with molasses, orange, spice and almost endless power. Extraordinary acid and poise, so long. - Decanter Magazine 96 Points
Supple, silky and appealing, offering a refreshing balance of spicy, almond-scented pear fruit. Picks up sandalwood and sassafras notes as the finish lingers. Drink now.H.S. - Wine Spectator Magazine 91 Points