Friday 14 December 2018

After 26 years of recorking, the surprises continue for Peter Gago and Penfolds

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Penfolds Recorking Clinics will return to Australia in November to offer collectors and wine enthusiasts the opportunity to have their prized bottles assessed by Penfolds winemakers – the ultimate wine ‘health-check’.

These highly sought-after clinics are complimentary to those with any Penfolds red wine aged 15 years or older.

Recorking Clinics allow wine collectors the choice to have their prized bottles opened and visually inspected, quality assessed, topped, certified and re-capsuled, arresting any further deterioration due to leakage or low levels.

Penfolds has been providing the Recorking Clinic service to collectors around the world since 1991, with close to 150,000 bottles certified globally. Wine owners must make an clinic appointment whereupon the Penfolds winemaking team will be on-hand to assess each registered bottle.

“Penfolds has offered this extraordinary after-sales service for more than 26 years and we are still surprised by the rare and special bottles that are presented to us for assessment around the world,” says Penfolds chief winemaker, Peter Gago.

“It’s not just early and rare vintages of Grange that excites our winemaking team, some of my most memorable moments from clinics past include assessing pristine bottles of 1976 Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet, Bin 28 from the early 60’s and St Henri’s from the 1950’s.”

In addition to recorking, a clinic appointment allows the opportunity to meet with a Penfolds winemaker to recount the wine’s past and provenance, discuss drinking windows and cellaring recommendations for the bottle being assessed.

“As winemakers, it’s very rewarding to meet with collectors from around the globe who are willing to share their personal stories about their wine’s history. It’s both comforting and humbling to know our wines are being cellared with great care, passed down through generations and often enjoyed many decades later,” said Gago.

All bottles that are recorked will be certified and signed by the winemaker. An optional valuation service is also available in parallel to the clinic for collectors wanting to know the value of their bottle by Langton’s.

Penfolds 2018 Recorking Clinics

Melbourne: 12–14 November at Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Sydney: 22–24 November at Primus Hotel.
Adelaide: 29 November–1 December at Magill Estate Kitchen.

Registrations are now open for Penfolds Re-corking Clinics via www.penfolds.com. Bookings are essential.

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