Only the sixth Grange in six decades to weigh in at 100% Shiraz, the 2011 Penfold Grange release is deep and dense dark red.
On the nose it is instantly Grange, aromatically heralded from glass to nose via trademark formic and barrel ferment markers. Just majestic. Arguably a less-regal unfolding of sarsaparilla, creamy soda, cola-root beer nuances (how can this be?!), synergised with black liquorice and soy. A 17 month sojourn in 100% new oak is certainly well-hidden – more than a disguise, complete concealment. Archetypal North Barossa fruits extolling every varietal Shiraz variant!
The palate? Revealingly, what initially appear to be reticent repressed fruits soon overtly ascend – blackberry blackcurrant, fig, rhubarb, and quince. A follow-up emission of black olive, shaved truffle, vanillin, boot polish, cola, ristretto coffee with oak all but soaked up. Proper, pronounced and peripheral grippy tannins input texturally, endorsing what is already a formidable structure, with impressive length, depth and weight.
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.