The 2017 Penfolds and Saint-Louis collaboration delivers the second Aevum Limited Edition Crystal Decanter with Grange 2013.
The contemporary, minimalistic crystal decanter features an evolved design to showcase the fluid beauty of the fine wine within. A flowing band of incised crystal allows an uninterrupted view of the depth of colour and consistency of the liquid inside. Hand-blown, hand crafted.
Notes From the Winemaker:
The 2013 Grange is the most recent vintage of one of the most iconic, most collected, and most cellared wines in the world. Penfolds has collaborated with master craftsman, Saint-Louis to create a limited edition case with a bespoke, hand-crafted Saint Louis decanter. Les Cristalleries de Saint-Louis are the oldest manufacturer of glassmaking in Europe, and the most prestigious crystal house in the world, producing handcrafted crystal objects in the Alsace region of France since 1586.
All decanters are hand-blown. A flowing band of i
Opaque black core, dark red rim.
An aromatic assault / surge / eruption of soy, hoisin, balsamic reduction… coiled around a core of kirsch and fresh raspberry.
This propulsion is crammed with tell-tale barrel ferment, V.A. and formic Grange markers – all in balance, all respectful of fruit and oak.
And yet, so ‘classy’ – a brightness, a sheen, a gloss, a raciness – belying both age and upbringing (élevage).
No gaps, a densely-packed structural continuum.
Not huge, not massive, yet taut, muscular, feisty. A black palimpsest - black fruits, black liquorice, black pudding, black fig, black cardamom....
Granitic chewy tannins linger and coat; oak all but fully concealed, submerged beneath a tannin/oak/acid/flavour tsunami.
Fruits? Where to start in this entanglement? Time please.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Magill Estate.
Maturation:20 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads.
Variety: 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.