Penfolds Winery, founded in Adelaide, Australia, in 1844, unveiled a limited-edition record player console to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Max Schubert’s Grange wines.
In 1948, Schubert became Penfolds’ first chief winemaker. A loyal entrepreneur and true innovator, Schubert will propel Penfolds onto the world stage with his experimentation and the creation of Penfolds Grange wines for aging in the 1950s. (La Grange 2010 is intended to be uncorked from 2030 to 2060, for example. )
After Schubert continued to lay the foundation for Grange in secret, the Penfolds board asked the winemaker to restart production in 1960 when his determination and the quality of the wine convinced them. When the medals started pouring in, Grange became one of the most revered wines in the world. In 1988, Schubert was named Decanter Magazine’s Man of the Year, and on the 50th anniversary of his birth, Penfolds Grange received a South Australia Heritage List.
Why release a record player for this heritage? Schubert loved music. Schubert’s record player accompanied any gathering – wine and a diverse music collection forming the backbone of every gathering. In homage to Schubert’s distinctive taste, seven select vinyl records are part of the console package. Of course, there are also high-end equipment and digital technologies.
Each console was handcrafted by Symbol Audio, a New York-based design studio and manufacturer of HiFi consoles and vinyl LP storage cabinets. Sculpted by a single craftsman for more than 100 hours using ancestral techniques. each console delivers a sound intended to enrich the connection between the listener and the music.
Components include a state-of-the-art Bluetooth receiver, custom handcrafted amplifier for warm, traditional sound, audiophile-grade belt-driven turntable, 6.5-inch full-range speakers, and a 300-watt eight-eight. Thumb subwoofer hidden in its lower cabinet.
Inside another hidden compartment is a rare duo of Grange ‘White Capsule’ magnum (from the 2010 and 2017 vintages). The Clandestine Room also includes a suite of luxury accessories, including a hand-blown Grange decanter by Australian glass artist and designer Nick Mount and eight Riedel Extreme Shiraz glasses.
âMusic, like wine, takes us to another place,â said Peter Gago, chief winemaker at Penfolds, in a press release. âIt conveys memories of life. It soothes. It stirs. It is skyrocketing. It’s primitive. Our own “tastes” transcend the subjective – we are the owners and arbitrators of what we think is special. Music, Wine. Side by side? Why not?”
There is only one Grange console allocated in the United States. For more details and to register, visit www.penfolds.com.
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