Last vintage bottled using off-white foil capsules. First vintage to be bottled in magnums (1500ml) as well as standard 750ml bottles. Usually, 600 magnums are bottled each year. The 1979 vintage is a blend of 87 per cent Shiraz; 13 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ullage - Please refer to photo
- AUS - Multi-regional
- South Australia
"A blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, Max Schubert commented in 1993 that this vintage was "not quite up to the mark." For technicians, this was the last vintage to use white capsules on the bottle, with Penfolds moving to the crimson red foils in 1980. The wine is deep ruby garnet with an unusual nose of root vegetables mixed with cola, caramel, black currant, and tar. Relatively attenuated in the finish, but sweet on the attack, this wine seems to be narrowing out, with the tannins becoming increasingly dominant. If this is typical of the direction the evolution of this wine is taking, it is not reassuring. The wine is certainly still full, but may ultimately tend to dry out rather than blossom and prove expansive. This is a vintage to monitor closely."
Rating 90 - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - Tasted Feb 2002
Winery Tasting Notes
Complex, developing aromas with plenty of soft, slightly lifted, tobacco/berry/gamey fruit.
Highly concentrated with rich, cedar/blackberry fruit, massive, firm, dry tannins and long flavourful finish. Tannins are too much at the fore at the moment, but could soften out over time.