“A profound and complete offer – akin to a mix of the 2002 and 2004 Grange vintages respectively… not a bad credential on any curriculum vitae!” Peter Gago – Penfolds Chief Winemaker
The Grange 2006 features a deep blood-red, dense core colour.
The nose is very Penfolds, very Barossa and very Grange!
Scents, now five years in the making, weave their charm. This aromatic quilt’s first-noted brightest colours are panaforte fig and quince paste alongside cured and smoked meats. Its fabric is meshed with spice including cinnamon, vanillin pod, nutmeg and black pepper, tempered by teppanyaki sauces, amaretto and almond. A dark thread connects – black liquorice, olive and fresh Arabica coffee-bean and soy. Background nutty oak (Brazil nut) beneath, yet barely noticed.
The palate? Freshness and balance are welcomed, yet confuse. A few sips remind of the oft-used reference ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’. All is not as it seems! Firm throughout and across palate – reverent tannins and oak convey & propel flavours of slow-roasted lamb (avec jus), dark chocolate, cola, maraschino, with a menthol and rosemary lift to finish. Alluringly, a plush satin and cashmere mouthfeel compounds the initial confusion – accessible, yet poised to evolve and complex over many decades.
98 – James Halliday, The Wine Companion
“Deep crimson; its bouquet has a strikingly complex array of black characters that run all the way from the first whiff to the finish and aftertaste: licorice, tar, bitter chocolate, blackberry, prune and plum. The tannins are prominent, and play their part with each successive sip of the steadily building impact on the very long palate, but they are in balance with the fruit and oak of an extremely powerful Grange.”
About Penfolds Grange
Grange is arguably Australia’s most famous wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.
Penfolds Grange displays fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes in combination with new American oak. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy.