Penfolds flagship shiraz has delivered again. The colour is deep, dark and bright and the nose sets the benchmark for quality. It is automatically recognisable with formic and glacial higher notes. Beneath, a more familial oaked nuttiness recedes to reveal aromas of black licorice, anise and black olive. A shroud of condensed glazed fruits surrenders to reveal a fresher disposition … a coulis of berries and stone fruits; boiled beetroot. Upon sitting, a sprinkle of lavender and exotic spices almost completes the aromatic package – well, at least for another minute or two. Early days.
The palate represents cohesion, vigour, sheen and poise. It is fresh and balanced. Neither exaggerated nor over-ripe, it features a lively blueberry and other youthful blue and black fruits bely the maturation timeline of this alluring blend.
98 – Tyson Stelzer
“All the layers of dark chocolate, liquorice and dark fruit cake that we love of Grange are here in bountiful exuberance, filling a palate with a sense of perfect polish and full completeness from start to long finish. For all of its structural confidence, there is an intricately crafted, fine-grained seamlessness to the tannins that carries a tail of uninterrupted drive and carry. This is a brilliant Grange which makes a tremendous declaration of the power of blending in carefully singling out the very finest sites to produce a wine of incredible poise and purity even in a season as hot and dry as this.”
98 – Andrew Caillard MW
“Superbly balanced wine with plentiful dark chocolate, blackberry fruits, fine graphite firm tannins, lovely mid palate richness and well-balanced mocha, espresso oak notes… A brilliant follow up to the 2018 vintage. Drink 2028-2060.”