PENFOLDS GRANGE 2013

$950.00

Something special again from the Grange lineage with this opaque black core with a dark red rim.

On the nose there is an aromatic assault and surge, an eruption of soy, hoisin, balsamic reduction coiled around a core of kirsch and fresh raspberry. This propulsion is crammed with tell-tale barrel ferment, V.A. and formic Grange markers – all in balance, all respectful of fruit and oak.  And yet, so ‘classy’ – a brightness, a sheen, a gloss, a raciness – belying both age and upbringing (élevage).

“Gloriously, splendiferously complex. There are so many layers of flavour it’s labyrinthine, yet you never lose the thread, the path, of the wine…” James Halliday – 98

 

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“Gloriously, splendiferously complex. There are so many layers of flavour it’s labyrinthine, yet you never lose the thread, the path, of the wine…” James Halliday – 98

“Six decades after the release of OUR favourite Grange, the 60 year-old 1953 Grange, this 2013 flexes, prances, twitches, … pressure is on! What’s the measure of this four and a half year old?”

Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Something special again from the Grange lineage with this opaque black core with a dark red rim.

On the nose there is an aromatic assault and surge, an eruption of soy, hoisin, balsamic reduction coiled around a core of kirsch and fresh raspberry. This propulsion is crammed with tell-tale barrel ferment, V.A. and formic Grange markers – all in balance, all respectful of fruit and oak.  And yet, so ‘classy’ – a brightness, a sheen, a gloss, a raciness – belying both age and upbringing (élevage).

The palate is formidable. There are no gaps, a densely-packed structural continuum. Not huge, not massive, yet taut, muscular, feisty. A black palimpsest – black fruits, black liquorice, black pudding, black fig, black cardamom. Granitic chewy tannins linger and coat; oak all but fully concealed, submerged beneath a tannin, oak, acid and flavour tsunami.

Fruits? Where to start in this entanglement? Time please.

Peak drinking is between now and 2060.

99 – James Halliday, The Wine Companion

“96% shiraz, 4% cabernet sauvignon from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Magill Estate, matured for 20 months in new American hogsheads. Gloriously, splendiferously complex. There are so many layers of flavour it’s labyrinthine, yet you never lose the thread, the path, of the wine. Austerity is not a term often used with Grange, but it’s here, and to the benefit of the wine.”  

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.

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