The next instalment for Penfolds Grange is a dense magenta, youthful at rim. On the nose, it is at once Grange – formic, assertive, powerful with overt barrel-ferment markers. Bright, and noticeably fragrant, perfumed at this time of tasting, in its fifth year immediately prior to release. Racy red fruits clasp onto red liquorice, aniseed aromatics. Red meats (corned beef?) with pepper and spice, rumtopf. Patiently, panforte, mascarpone, malt, dried fig aromatics appear in a second wave. No hurry – the curtain is up, the stage reserved for decades!
The palate is captivating, tempting and alluring – yet another subtle variation on the expression of this thing called Grange. Voluptuous and generous, yet poised and harmonious. Assured, and not attempting to overstate its weight, extract and presence. Immediately apparent flavours of chocolate, mocha, cola and juicy plum entwine and converge toward the panforte impression aromatically sensed earlier.
Tight and defined, with excellent grip – savoury and tannic. These tannins are both integrated and balanced, colluding with 100% new oak that is all but completely absorbed.
Peak drinking between now and 2050.
97 – James Halliday
“From the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Magill Estate, 98% shiraz and 2% cabernet sauvignon; it finished its fermentation in 100% new American oak hogsheads and was matured therein for 18 months. Peter Gago has commented it is not as ‘Barossa-ish’ as the ’08, and it’s true the bouquet has fragrant sweet and savoury spices, the palate with licorice and black fruits, oak riding high, but guaranteed to be relegated to second place as the wine comes into balance around ’30.”
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.