Offered as a set of 2 x 750mL
It displays deep, vibrant cherry red with hints of purple at the rim. On the nose, Aniseed, from the distinctive fortifying spirit, cherry and rich plum fruits from specially selected shiraz deliver richness, depth and softness. Perfectly partnering and accentuating the floral, ricey savoury notes of Baijiu.
The palate will surely surprise and enchant! A (very) textural, savoury and balanced acidity from the Baijiu is complemented by the rich fruit flavours of the shiraz to create a warming, elongated and intense palate which continues and continues. The aniseed from the distinctive fortifying spirit comes to the fore, balanced by the savoury rich plum, cherry and black fruit characteristics which provide a rounded intensity and length.
“Lot 518 is fascinating, a tribute to Godfrey’s mastery of fortification. It is a two-stage process, the first fortification arresting the fermentation after a relatively short period. Penfolds spirit is added, the resultant alcohol 18.5%. The second fortification, made once the final blend has been determined, lifts the alcohol to 19.5% and adds depth, balance and intensity to the finish. In Lot 518 Chinese baijiu replaced the Penfolds spirit in the second fortification, lifting the alcohol to 21.5%. This feels and tastes right, elegant and savoury.”
95 points - James Halliday