Category Archives: Penfolds Red Wine Clinics

Jun 06 2014

Dates announced for Penfolds Recorking Clinics 2014

Posted on June 06, 2014 | By

Penfolds recently released the dates for its 2014 Recorking Clinics around Australia. The company is also holding clinics in Beijing, New Zealand and North America.

Here are the Australian dates:

Brisbane, 5 – 6 August, Hilton Hotel

Sydney, 19 – 21 August, Shangri-La Hotel

Melbourne, 2 – 4 September, Crown Metropol Melbourne

Perth, 17 – 18 September, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club

Adelaide, 30 September – 1 October, National Wine Centre.

To visit the Clinic you need to register your interest through the Penfold’s website Contact Form or call their Customer Service line on 1300 651 650 during June.

Clinics are useful for people who want a “health check” on their older bottles. To be eligible for appraisal, the wine must be 15 years or older, ie. 1999 vintage or earlier.

Here’s a brief recap on what happens at a Penfolds recorking clinic:

  • Your bottle is assessed by a Penfolds winemaker to see whether it’a a good candidate for recorking. You may be asked questions about when the bottle was acquired and how it’s been cellared.
  • If necessary, the bottle is opened, tasted and assessed.
  • If the bottle is deemed to be in good condition (ie. the wine tastes fine), it will be topped up with a recent vintage of the same wine and recorked. A Penfolds Recorking Clinic label, certified and dated by the winemaker who assessed your bottle, is adhered to the back of the bottle.
  • If the bottle fails the taste test, it will receive a white dot.

Recorking is not without its Critics

In a recent article, wine critic Huon Hooke noted that the concept of recorking is not without its critics. He cites anecdotal evidence that ‘cliniced’ bottles of Grange are fresher and more youthful than un-cliniced bottles, and mentions that he has heard Penfolds winemakers talk of how the process ‘refreshes’ a wine… [Read More]

Jul 07 2012

Penfolds Announces Red Wine Clinic Dates for 2012

Posted on July 07, 2012 | By

A post I wrote back in September 2010, What Happens at a Penfolds Red Wine Clinic, is still very popular with readers and the number two search result if you type “Penfolds Red Wine Clinic” into Google search. As Penfolds recently announced the dates for its re-corking clinics in Australia and the United States, I thought I would provide an update with this year’s clinic dates and some new information I discovered about what happens at these very popular clinics. Here’s a brief recap:

Re-corking clinics are for customers with bottles aged 15 or older... [Read More]

Sep 09 2010

What Happens at a Penfolds Red Wine Clinic?

Posted on September 09, 2010 | By

If you scan the Cellarit Wine Market Penfolds Grange page, you will see that quite a few of the bottles carry a note that says “Penfolds Red Wine Clinic.” The Sydney Morning Herald recently featured an article about what exactly happens at the Penfolds Red Wine Clinics, Sarah McInerney, Wine clinics give reds a health check, 3 September 2010. Here’s a few interesting facts:

  • Re-corking clinics are for customers with bottles aged 15 or older.
  • The bottles don’t have to be Grange.
  • .. [Read More]