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Penfolds Wine Experience: AUS vs USA Cabernet Sauvignon

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Embark on a journey of trans-Pacific excellence with our upcoming Penfolds Cabernet Clash, an exploration of the rich diversity found within American and Australian Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Hosted by Sam O’Connell, savour an exceptional selection of both Penfolds American and Australian Cabernet Sauvignon; widely celebrated for their diversity, history and craftsmanship. Each wine will be thoughtfully paired with cheese and charcuterie boards; offering a symphony of flavours that will elevate your tasting experience.

Learn from Sam O’Connell, Brand Ambassador for Penfolds, as he shares insights into Penfolds history, winemaking techniques and unique characteristics.

Take home cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for wine, with wine specials available for attendees.

Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon holds some of the oldest vines in the world; showcasing the rich heritage of these wines in both Australia and America. Each wine is underpinned by the enduring House Style and winemaking philosophy that Penfolds has proudly upheld since 1844.

During this exclusive experience we will explore…

Australian Wine List

  • Champagne Thiénox x Penfolds Rosé Champagne NV (RRP $90)
  • Penfolds Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2022 (96 Points - RRP $85)
  • Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 (96 Points - RRP $120)
  • Bin 149 Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (97 Points - RRP $250)

American Wine List

  • Bin 704 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (95 Points - RRP $140)
  • Bin 149 Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (97 Points - RRP $250)

Penfolds truly believes their success has been driven by a lineage of visionary winemakers and that there is a perfect Penfolds wine for every palate and occasion.

Secure your seats now for an unparalleled oenophilic journey. Raise your glass to an evening of refined Cabernet elegance, tantalizing flavours, and captivating insights. We eagerly anticipate your presence as we indulge in the pinnacle of Penfolds perfection

Event Summary

  • Arrival Champagne
  • Cheese and charcuterie boards
  • Discover five Penfolds wines (All 96+ Points)
  • Hosted by Sam O’Connell, Brand Ambassador at Penfolds
  • Exclusive wine offers for attendees
  • Discounted ticket entry for Concierge Club members*

*To claim your club discount, please visit The Reserve Events page to unlock your discount code: www.reservecellar.com.au/events

Pair your evening with an exquisite nights sleep at Emporium Hotel.
Guests attending any event hosted by The Reserve will receive 15% OFF an overnight stay on the night of the event. Please refer to your PDF ticket for redemption details.

      About The Host
      Sam O'Connell, Penfolds Ambassador
      Sam has grown up with Penfolds in his blood – with family members working for the business for the last 25+ years. Spending much of his childhood at Magill Estate, he was destined to one day be part of the Penfolds team.

      Beginning his Penfolds career in 2015, Sam worked as a Cellar Hand overseeing the day-to-day operations of vintage at the historical Magill Estate property. This included procuring Penfolds handcrafted wines – subsequently Sam’s love of wine began.

      His passion and interest for wine grew as he commenced at the redeveloped Cellar Door in 2015 once vintage had concluded. Here, Sam hosted historical tours of Magill Estate for guests from around the world, alongside guided masterclasses and tastings of Penfolds prolific portfolio of wines.

      For seven years at the Cellar Door, Sam worked closely with the Penfolds winemaking team as he pursued his passion and interest in all things wine and viticulture. Sam joined Penfolds Winemakers at both the 2018 and 2022 Re-corking Clinics across Australia, meeting collectors and discussing the history of their beloved wines. Sam also worked alongside the winemaking team at the renowned Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting in 2019, where he developed an in depth understanding of Penfolds museum collection of wines, and a fantastic insight from wine critics and winemakers alike.

      Sam was appointed a Penfolds Ambassador in 2022 and quickly travelled across Australia to support Penfolds Victoria Derby Day and the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington and the Penfolds Restaurant at the Australian Open 2023. Sam will also oversee management of the recorking machine at Penfolds Re-corking clinics globally.

      His wine education has also been pursued through formal study, having completed his Wine Spirits Education Trust Level 2 and 3 qualification.

      Sam continues to be passionate about Penfolds and enjoys sharing his knowledge with individuals across the globe.

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