Penfolds brings recorking clinics back to Australia

19 September, 2018 by Andy Young

Penfolds is bringing its recorking clinics back to Australia in November, with its winemakers offering ‘the ultimate wine health-checks’ on aged Penfolds wines.

The clinics allow anyone with any Penfolds red wine aged 15 years or older, the opportunity 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.

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Penfolds has been providing the clinics around the world since 1991, and so far close to 150,000 bottles have been certified globally. Wine owners must make a clinic appointment to give them the chance to meet the Penfolds winemaking team and have their bottle registered and assessed.

Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago, said: “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.

“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.

“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.”

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 leading Australian fine wine auction house, Langton’s.

Penfolds 2018 recorking clinics:

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

Registrations are now open for Penfolds Re-corking Clinics via the Penfolds website and bookings are essential.