“No DNA check required—an immediate familial link to the 1998 Grange convincingly transcends both a decade and the transitional closure of a millennium.”
Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker.
“The balance, texture and structure are faultless, so much so that the wine achieves elegance now…”
James Halliday – 98
The Grange 2008 exhibits an impenetrable dark core.
On the nose it is somewhat intimidating without being brazen. There is an immediate and powerful lift of cola, soy, hoisin and red licorice, propelled by tea-smoke and ferric influences. Less obvious are the nut-husk, tan-bark notes align with lush aromas of ripe (jamon-wrapped) figs and a panaforte plushness. With air, blueberry fruits and mocha arise, the oak (100% new!) remaining concealed—too much aromatic background chatter to register.
The palate represents a muscular push, wave and affront across the entire palate—from start to finish. It’s never oppressive nor ungainly, yet captivatingly forceful. Like a vinous lava flow of dark liquorice and malt—‘molten’, with a self-saucing chocolate pudding richness and blackberry, elderberry fruits. Pronounced tannins are unleashed, and the Clare component makes its (9%) presence felt, adding to both flavour pool and extract. Power and density naturally respectful of balance and structure.
Food match? How about a plum pudding pork rack, swede, quandong and desert raisin?
98 – James Halliday
“The wine contains 98/2% shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, and spent 19 months in new American oak hogsheads in which it finished its fermentation. Densely coloured, it has an ultra-complex bouquet, with black fruits/anise/liquorice, easily dealing with the oak; a remarkable wine in every way. The balance, texture and structure are faultless, so much so that the wine achieves elegance now, many years before you would expect that quality to be commented on.”
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.