It’s easy to get skeptical when a liquor company famous for expensive booze announce an ‘experimental’ release – especially when said expensive booze is steeped in tradition. Often “experimental” is synonymous with “someone f*cked up the barrels and now we mixed the wrong stuff together” – just look at Wild Turkey‘s Forgiven release (which turned out to be awesome, by the way – hence its merciful sobriquet).
In this instance it’s hard to imagine something of that gravity, however. Penfolds are Australia’s answer to France’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (perhaps not in style, but certainly in local notoriety). Not just recognised domestically for their supremely quality wines, Penfolds was one of the first wineries to draw international attention to our once-fledgling wine industry, and in no small part thanks to Max Schubert, the bloke who first decided to break a few rules in 1957 and secretly make an experimental wine he named “Grange”. The rest is, of course, history.
Penfolds G3 blends three vintages of Grange: 2008, 2012 and the yet-to-be-released 2014, citing the “past, present and future in one bottle” as reason for the experiment. Or at least we think. Whatever the story, there’s literally no way that this wine isn’t going to be both very delicious and very expensive – only 1200 bottles have been produced, so expect those to sell before they’ve had a chance to even hit a shelf. Curious parties are being asked to register their interest now – best get onto that sooner rather than later. The Australian price looks to be around $3000 dollarydoos.