Penfolds, the renowned Australian wine brand with almost 180 years of winemaking heritage, is making a name for itself in Vietnam’s burgeoning wine market. Known for its innovative approach to winemaking, Penfolds has built a reputation on its ability to create exceptional blends that are both complex and approachable, making it a favorite among wine enthusiasts and novices alike.
From the legendary Grange, which has been hailed as one of the world’s greatest wines, to the distinctive Bin range, Penfolds has a portfolio of fine wines that showcase the brand’s unique style and unwavering commitment to quality.
With all the great choices Penfolds offer, how does one pick the perfect bottle to accompany a sumptuous meal? The wine brand found that 14% of Vietnamese wine drinkers admitted that they find it difficult to choose a wine when dining in restaurants.
5 Penfolds Collection perfect for the Vietnamese palate
To cater to the discerning Vietnamese palate, Penfolds has curated a collection of five wines that are specifically designed to enhance the flavors of local cuisine and provide a memorable pairing experience.
Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling
For those enjoying a plate of fresh oysters with kumquat vinaigrette, pink pomelo, and wild scampi caviar, the Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling is a crisp and refreshing choice. Its citrusy and floral notes harmonize with the brininess of the oysters, while the vibrant acidity provides a delightful contrast to the tangy vinaigrette and the sweetness of the pomelo.
Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay
The Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay pairs excellently with the grilled sturgeon betel leaf rolls, marinated with turmeric and lemongrass, and served with pineapple sauce. The Chardonnay's tropical fruit flavors and hints of oak complement the aromatic flavors of turmeric and lemongrass, while its crisp acidity balances the sweetness of the pineapple sauce.
Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz
If you're savoring the monkfish dish with plum and red wine, Tonkin jasmine flower, and sweet potato puree, the Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz is a fantastic match. This full-bodied red wine offers rich dark fruit flavors and subtle spice notes that enhance the meatiness of the monkfish and harmonize with the tangy sweetness of the plum and red wine sauce. Its depth and complexity also complement the aromatic Tonkin jasmine flower and the creamy sweet potato puree.
Penfolds Bin 150 Shiraz Marananga
The Penfolds Bin 150 Shiraz Marananga, is an ideal choice to accompany the aged duck dish with Morello cherry, Phu Quoc pepper, and soy-glazed baby carrot. Its medium-bodied characteristics, red cherry and raspberry aromas, along with subtle spiciness and earthy undertones, beautifully complement the richness of the duck and the tangy sweetness of the cherries.
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
For those indulging in the wild pepper beef featuring Mac Khen beef tenderloin with truffle Bo Kho sauce and purple potato puree, the Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz is the perfect choice. This bold and robust wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, brings rich dark fruit flavors, hints of spice, and a touch of oak. It beautifully complements the flavors of the beef, the aromatic truffle Bo Kho sauce, and the earthiness of the purple potato puree.
However, if you find yourself still undecided, Penfolds Bin 23 Pinot Noir is a versatile choice that pairs well with various Vietnamese dishes. Its medium-bodied profile, red cherry and raspberry aromas, and subtle spiciness and earthy undertones make it a great match for a hearty bowl of beef pho, fragrant lemongrass chicken stir-fry, or flavorful grilled pork with rice noodles. This wine beautifully enhances the vibrant flavors and aromatic herbs found in Vietnamese cuisine, adding a touch of elegance to your dining experience.
Penfolds wines possess a special ability to unite people, fostering connections and enriching shared experiences. From sumptuous dinners and house parties to a quiet night in, a bottle of Penfolds will undoubtedly elevate any occasion. The iconic red vintage logo immediately captures guests' attention, while the taste of Penfolds wine keeps them pouring second and third glasses. With each sip, the exceptional craftsmanship and dedication to quality shine through, offering layers of complexity and nuance that delight and intrigue.
Here’s to creating unforgettable moments and savoring the timeless pleasure of sharing an exceptional wine.