“An aristocratic Grange with all its components in utter harmony.” – James Halliday
In colour, the Penfolds Grange 2014 is a deep plush garnet from core to rim. On the nose, an indulged aromatic meander through the kitchen – with umami expressed primarily via wafts of shiitake mushroom stock, hoisin and XO sauce with enhancing scents of dry-aged beef and game meats. Then outside, with hints of olive-leaf, cardamom, sage and thyme –“a stroll through a South Australian olive grove” – saltbush, acacia, dried and dusty bracken.
Then to the cellar with a fresh and familial lifted formic and barrel-ferment nuances, followed by a return to reality: Quite simply, an unmistakable youthful ‘Grange’ nose. Awakened primary fruits and stylish oak interlocked and indistinguishable as expected.
The palate is savoury, not fruity. Tastes and flavours remind of slow cooked beef ragout, chicken liver game terrine. Red liquorice also apparent. Integrated oak – spicy, almost ‘non-American’ oak, but it is. As it always is. A core of 100% new Quercus alba. Poised yet powerful. A balanced, tightly-knit and woven structural ‘tapestry’. Not to be constrained by dimension or frame.
Tannins with attitude! Nonetheless respectful, slatey tannins – alluvial and silty (certainly not muddy!). Long and lingering – tactile impressions indistinguishably and slowly fuse/merge into an aftertaste memory. Until the next sip!
A Grange to create new friends – this 2014 offering a subtly different structural mosaic; different tone and timbre.
97 – James Halliday, The Wine Companion
“98% shiraz, 2% cabernet sauvignon from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Wrattonbully, Coonawarra, Clare Valley and Magill Estate, matured for 20 months in new American hogsheads. Excellent colour for age; the ultra-fragrant and expressive bouquet implacably draws you in; a great deal of work must have gone into the blending of the components and drawing them seamlessly. An aristocratic Grange with all its components in utter harmony.”
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.