A rich tradition of experimentation and a quest to source quality grapes from afar continues to inspire Penfolds winemaking curiosity. Penfolds FWT (French Winemaking Trial) 585 is sourced from exceptional vineyards across the Medoc region using time-honoured Penfolds techniques. Anchored by a philosophy of selecting grapes and blending quality wines to a House Style, it marks the beginning of a new chapter for Penfolds in France.

Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon





Wine Style

Red - juicy, smooth, medium-bodied


The aromatic promise is reinforced by a tightly structured palate. Round and full to the fore, sage fried in butter and served over pan-fried sweetbreads. Texturally appetising - mineral gravelly tannins, succulence cranberry like acidity provides a fine line of delicious lively acidity. Charcuterie leaning towards a savoury bresaola, a suggestion of cranberry and pistachio terrine. Polished mahogany oak, creaminess and spice. Complex, multi-faceted... another glass beckons!



Food Pairing

Red Meat


This product is from an eco-winery - purchases of this product count towards Green Tier eligibility

”FWT is short for French Winemaking Trial. No varietal percentages for this blend from the Haut-Médoc. Matured for 14 months in French (44% new) and American (14% new) barriques. I wasn't expecting to like this wine, but I do, particularly as its one that doesn't demand any cellaring. The Penfolds' stamp – finishing the fermentation in the barrels – may well be the secret to this and its Californian sibling, the Bin 704 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.”
– James Halliday

Expert Review

Halliday Wine Companion - 94


Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal - 95

Tony Love, Winepilot - 95

Jeni Port, Winepilot - 95

Erin Larkin, Robert Parkers Wine Advocate - 94

David Sly, Decanter - 94

Tyson Stelzer - 93

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 93

Georgina Hindle, Decanter - 92


Penfolds French FWT 585 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot 2019 (Gift Box)


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