Grange is arguably Australia's most celebrated 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 utilises fully- ripe, intensely- flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes. 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 orginal and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi- vineyard, multi- district, blending philosophy.
- AUS - Multi-regional
- South Australia
The wine contains 98/2% shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, and spent 19 months in new American oak hogsheads in which it finished its fermentation. Densely coloured, it has an ultra-complex bouquet, with black fruits/anise/licorice, easily dealing with the oak; a remarkable wine in every way. The balance, texture and structure are faultless, so much so that the wine achieves elegance now, many years before you would expect that quality to be commented on. Rating 98 - Drink by 2060 James Halliday - Published on 11 Jul 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Impenetrable dark core.
An immediate and and powerful lift of cola/ soy/ hoisin/ red licorice, propelled by tea- smoke and ferric influences. Less obvious nut- husk/ tan- bark notes align with lush aromas of ripe (jamon- wrapped) figs and a panaforte plushness. With air, blueberry fruits and mocha arise, the oak (100% new!) remaining concealed - too much aromatic background chatter to register.
A muscular push/ wave/ affront across the entire palate - from start to finish. Never oppressive nor ungainly, yet captivating forceful. i.e a vinous lava flow of dark licorice and malt - `molten`, with a self- saucing chocolate pudding richness and blackberry, elderberry fruits. Pronounced tannins are unleashed, and the Clare component makes its (9%) presence felt, adding to both flavour pool and extract. Power and density naturally respectful of balance and structure.