Last October I was lucky enough to attend the 2017 global release of The Penfolds Collection – the biggest day of the Penfolds calendar year.
A surprisingly short drive from the Adelaide CBD, Penfolds Magill Estate winery is indeed a stunning sight to see. Originally founded in the 19th-century, some of the traditional buildings are still intact – naturally, I could not help but include them in a few of my imagery when I arrived for at the Gala Dinner.
After a quick photo op, we made our way down into the depths of the drives, walking past the sizeable 1,460-litre oak barrels that provide the all to familiar hallmark taste that Penfolds is famous for. After milling around with my other social media counterparts and other gala attendees for a brief moment, the curtains dropped to reveal one of the most picturesque dining settings I have had the pleasure of attending. A single table, no less than 50 metres long with a table runner adorned with hundreds of red roses awaited as we entered the underground drives of Magill Estate.
After a quick briefing from the Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago, the dining commenced, and a stunning selection of fine foods made their way onto our plates. Perfectly paired by the head chef Scott Huggins with a range of wines from the recent Penfolds collection. At the top end of the portfolio was the coveted Grange, the Penfolds flagship red wine. 2017 marked its 63rd consecutive release and boy; it did not disappoint!
The evening's entertainment included a live performance from the legendary Meg Mac who played a small collection of her recent hits acoustically which set the scene before the main course was served.
As expected the 2017 Penfolds Collection Launch Gala did not disappoint, excellent food, great company and world-class entertainment. What more could one want from a midweek getaway? It is safe to say that I for one am looking forward to my next trip to South Australia and you can bet that Penfolds Magill Estate will be at the top of my itinerary.
A big thank you to Kate and Co PR and Penfolds for the invitation. All imagery shot by Max Kruse.