Best of four vintages in Penfolds g4
Penfolds has announced a new wine blended from four vintages of Grange, aptly named Penfolds g4.
The blend entwines Grange DNA from the exceptional 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2016 vintages to create a unique Penfolds expression.
The first style of this inimitable wine, Penfolds g3, a 2008, 2012 and 2014 blend, was released in 2017. Stylistically and philosophically equal, Penfolds g4 is an evolution of the original concept, delivering an exceptional wine. The final release, Penfolds g5, will be available in 2021.
“These four Grange vintages are amongst our favourites of the last two decades. All so different – in every sense, not just climatically, the synergistic blending of these vintages works perfectly from a quality, structural and style perspective,” said Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago.
Blending across vintages is part of Penfolds’ winemaking philosophy. A natural progression was to apply this venerated technique to create a new Penfolds red style, first with Penfolds g3 and now with Penfolds g4.
“Each vintage component was carefully selected to bring something different to the final g4 blend, adding layers of intrigue and complexity. The cooler-vintage 2002 Grange is highly defined and sleek while the 2004 Grange is relatively opulent in comparison.
“The 2008 Grange, awarded a perfect 100 points by both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, is big and bold. The final component from the yet-to-be-released 2016 Grange serves not only to ‘freshen up the blend’, but also offers its own textural and flavour imprint,” added Gago.
The 2016 Grange will be released this month. Only 2,500 bottles of Penfolds g4 will be available around the world.
In 2019, Penfolds Grange was named ‘Australia’s Most Collected Wine’ by Wine Ark. Grange, a multi-vineyard and multi-district blend, retains its proven stylistic template to this day. The same is now true of Penfolds g4, a compelling expression ofGrange across four vintages.