Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia.
This 2009 vintage of Penfolds Grange was sourced from outstanding vineyards across South Australia. The fruit was fermented in the cellars at Nuriootpa, completing fermentation and 18 months maturation in new American oak hogheads.
- South Australia
Rating 97 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com #211, Feb 2014
The 2009 Grange Shiraz is a comprised of 84% Barossa, 8% McLaren, and a little Clare Valley and a little Magill fruit with a small 2% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. At this youthful stage, this deep garnet-purple colored wine puts forward a vivid expression of blackberry preserve aromas amid underlying cassis, black cherry, spice box, char-grilled meat and chocolate box notes. Surprisingly medium to full-bodied (it smells much fuller!) with taut flavors that are very closed in the mouth, it has firm, chewy tannins to structure through the long and earthy finish. 406 cases imported to the US. Drink it 2018 to 2035+.
Rating 95 - Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au
Clear orange peel notes. Intense fruit. A melt of tannin. Oak makes an impression but is tremendously well integrated. Vanilla, soy, orange, saturated plum, licorice and leather. Super seductive. A sweet-fruited delicacy. Indeed for pure or indeed young-ish drinking pleasure I prefer it over the 2008. I like the highlights, the pillowy softness, the remarkable integration of fruit, oak, and tannin. This is a less caricatured Grange, less obvious, less heavy, and more approachable as a result.
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep mauve – impressive colour and brightness.
Barossa fruits ascend – preserved satsuma plum, rhubarb, cranberry. Confusingly, yet intriguingly, a waft of tar-sulphide masks country of origin… Spain, France?
Assorted ‘exotics’ remind of entry into a continental gourmet deli – cheese/ mettwurst competing with blueberry yoghurt waffle-cone for attention? Another pertinent aromatic – cedar and restrained French oak.
Solid, forceful. Full-bodied – belying vintage.
Fine, pronounced and persistent tannins court blue and black-berried fruits, sensitively encapsulating a sweet mid-palate.
French oak of mixed forest origin and age works its magic – sensitive to this vintage’s flavours and structure, kindly endowed by Barossa vineyards and soils. A supple, woven/pleated fabric texture validates the inclusion of this blend’s chosen vineyard components, and its relatively brief sojourn in oak pre-bottling.
2015 – 2030.