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Established in 1844 by a young English doctor, Christopher Rawson Penfold, M.D., Penfolds has two locations in South Australia in Magill in the city of Adelaide and at Nuriootpa in the heart of the Barrosa Valley. Penfolds sources grapes from vineyards throughout Australia.
A Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills is produced under the Cellar Reserve series of releases and made at Magill Estate. The wine is exported to the United States.
2005 Penfolds Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., $35. After a cold soak, the grapes are fermented in open-top fermenters driven by natural yeast with the use of hand punch downs. Unfined and unfiltered. · This wine is quite different from what we have come to expect from Pinot Noir crafted in North America. I found it difficult to describe the components of the aromatic profile but did identify raisins and a hint of porto. Dark fruits, sassafras, root vegetables on the palate. Looks and tastes slightly brown. There is some appealing textural softness and stylistic finesse. Tastes of Pinot Noir grown in California in the early 1980s on sites that were too warm. Only for the curious. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »