Penfolds Grange `Bin 95` 2014 (1 x 750mL). AUS

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Crafted utilising fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and structured 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. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.

Grange was recently recognised as a First Growth in Liv-ex’s recreation of the Bordeaux 1855 classification.

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Crafted utilising fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and structured 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. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.

Grange was recently recognised as a First Growth in Liv-ex’s recreation of the Bordeaux 1855 classification.

Region:
AUS - Multi-regional
State:
Multi-regional
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

“Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we’ve come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It’s full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerful and tannic, it should prove to be long lived, even by Grange standard.”

Rating 98 - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

98 Points - Tony Love

98 Points - Huon Hooke

20++ - Matthew Jukes

18.5 - Jancis Robinson

97 Points - Anthony Rose, Decanter

97 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

97 Points - Tyson Stelzer

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep plush garnet throughout – from core to rim.

Nose

An indulged aromatic meander:

• First in the kitchen – umami expressed primarily via wafts of shiitake mushroom stock, hoisin and XO sauce … enhancing scents of dry-aged beef and game meats.

• Then outside – olive-leaf, cardamom, sage and thyme … “a stroll through a South Australian olive grove” … saltbush, acacia, dried and dusty bracken.

• To the cellar – 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.

Palate

Savoury, not fruity. Tastes/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. Type? Slatey tannins … alluvial, 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.