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By Tania MacPhee, September 15th, 2014

Learn why the “crying room” at the Penfolds Grange Recorking Clinic proves you have made a very wise choice in choosing EuroCave to protect your wine.

We came across an interesting story on the Age website. At the Penfolds Grange biennial recorking clinic currently touring the globe, wine 15+ years old is assessed, recorked and certified. A “crying room” is set up for those collectors who have not properly cared for and protected their wine, who discover it has become ruined and their collection is undrinkable and worthless. We have shared the link to this article below.

So we take a moment to congratulate you on being wise enough to trust EuroCave to properly protect your wine. Even if you are not preserving a collection of Grange, you and your guests will certainly be well rewarded with wine that has been slowly and gracefully matured and can be enjoyed as the wine maker intended. And for lovers of wine, like us, that is reward enough.

You are welcome to call our team of specialists anytime if we can help you with advice, or assist you in any way. We are always happy to talk about wine! Call: 1800 733 621


Article extracted from The Age [ http://www.theage.com.au/executive-style/top-drop/put-your-grange-to-the-ultimate-test-20140903-10bxmp.html ]

Put your Grange to the ultimate test

September 3, 2014

The winemakers at Penfolds dub it "The Crying Room" – the allocated space at their biennial Recorking Clinic where people might go to shed a tear, after learning that the collection they thought was worth thousands has been given a dreaded two-white-dot classification.

In chief winemaker Peter Gago’s terms, the double white dot is winespeak for, "Don’t drink this – it will make you ill. Don’t even put it in your balsamic vinegar mix, or it will spoil that too."

Greg Kilner with three bottles of the extremely rare 1951 Grange, all of which were examined and certified.

Greg Kilner with three bottles of the extremely rare 1951 Grange, all of which were examined and certified. Photo: Tim Young

Welcome to Penfolds Recorking Clinic, which takes place around Australian cities and overseas, every two years; after finishing in Melbourne on Thursday, it heads to Perth and Adelaide before going on to the USA and Canada. Owners of any Penfolds red wine that’s at least 15 years old can come to the clinic for free (provided they have first registered), where their wine will be assessed and – if all goes well – recorked and certified.

This industry-recognised stamp of approval increases the saleability of the bottle, as collector Greg Kilner learned when he brought in his three bottles of 1951 Grange on Tuesday. Made as an experimental release that year – the first bottle of Grange would only be sold commercially in 1952 – it was "remarkably rare," says Gago, who’s been working for Penfolds for 25 years.

Before it was recorked, value would have been at $30,000 to $50,000 per bottle, depending on the market. After the clinic – "one bottle had the most evocative perfume nose I’ve ever seen, the other was the best 1951 I’ve ever tasted," says Gago — a representative from wine auctioneer Langton’s deemed each bottle to be worth around $60,000.

Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago heaped praise on two of Greg Kilner's three bottles of 1951 Grange.

Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago heaped praise on two of Greg Kilner’s three bottles of 1951 Grange. Photo: Tim Young

Provided that bottles haven’t lost too much of their volume, wines are opened, a current vintage of the same wine is added as a top up ("it’s about 15 ml, and we’ve done tests of recorked wines versus ones from our museums – no one can pick the difference"), and they are recorked.

It doesn’t always go so well. One family, expecting a wine inheritance, once brought in a vast collection only to discover that the previous generation had stored coffee in the bottles, not wine.

Gago remembers a Brisbane collector arrive with what should have been thousands of dollars worth of wine, only to learn the wine had entirely passed. "I had to ask him, ‘Is your cellar a hole in the sand on the beach?"’

The moment of truth as the 1951 Grange is poured.

The moment of truth as the 1951 Grange is poured. Photo: Tim Young

Visitors to the clinic vary in both age and seriousness, the latter which can cause a few headaches. Gago remembers one Singapore gentleman arriving with his bodyguards in tow, while another cancelled at the last minute because he was fearful of others seeing the vastness of his collection.

It’s not just a financial exercise, either. "For a lot of people, it’s as much a drinking investment as a monetary one."

But a single white dot doesn’t necessarily equal unhappiness.

"It’s still a beautiful drink, just not what that particular bottle is meant to look like," Gago says.

"I tell people to share it with their family at Christmas or over that weekend, and they leave happy. This clinic encourages people to drink wine at the appropriate time.

"All wine ultimately falls away and goes into decline mode. Most people get the point of when to drink it wrong."

And is the crying room really necessary? "We did have a number of people cry in Sydney, but it was tears of joy."

The Crying Room Penfolds Grange Recorking Clinic Video

Article extracted from The Age [ http://www.theage.com.au/executive-style/top-drop/put-your-grange-to-the-ultimate-test-20140903-10bxmp.html ]

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