Over one thousand lots of Penfolds wines dating back to the early 1950s are up for auction on the internet.

Australian wine auctioneers Langton’s are holding the sale, which began on 7 August and closes August 21.

The Classic Penfolds Auction is offering 1,130 lots online, mainly of single bottles, including every vintage of Grange from the experimental 1951 to 2001, as well as large format bottles from all Penfolds ranges.

Last year, a bottle of the 1951 vintage of what was then called Grange Hermitage went for just over AUS$42,000 (£16,830). Only 160 cases were made and the wine

was never sold commercially.

The current bid for this year’s 1951 bottle is £10,000 (estimate is £14,000-17,600).

The auction also includes rare bottles of 2004 Bin 42 Cabernet Sauvignon and imperials (eight standard bottles) of 2004 Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Kalimna Shiraz, both offered for the first time ‘en primeur’ for delivery in 2007.

Further curios include the Bin 236 Private Bin Burgundy 1956 and Bin 414 Special Show Sauternes 1962.

Written by Maggie Rosen