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Grange is an icon, being both Australia’s and Penfolds’ flagship wine. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climate 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 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. The 1997 vintage is predominantly Shiraz (96%) with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (4%).
- AUS - Multi-regional
- South Australia
"Medium to full red, with just a touch of purple remaining; powerful, complex dark fruits, chocolate and savoury lemon/vanilla oak on the bouquet, then a similarly powerful palate where earth and chocolate join the chorus of flavours promised by the bouquet; persistent tannins, of course. It's hard to suggest this will be regarded as a great Grange in 20 years or so, but it is nonetheless in the mainstream of Grange style."
Rating 94 Drink 2022 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Date Tasted Jun 02
Winery Tasting Notes
A deep, crimson red with a dense ruby core.
Immediately engaging, with wafts of nutmeg and ginger amongst notes of blueberry and blackcurrant and a background of well seasoned savoury oak. The fruit gains in the glass with aeration, when more subtle perfume and chestnut complexities emerge.
Already showing excellent balance within the frame of a beautifully interwoven mesh of dark plum and blackberry fruits with fig and liquorice. Complex fruit and spice flavours sit against a finely focused backdrop of firm but rounded tannins, balancing acidity and seductive, perfectly integrated, smoky oak. The palate has wonderful length, with a tightly structured, tannic finish indicative of the calibre of this fine wine, still very much in its youth.