Penfolds Grange Shiraz 1996
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. 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 original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district, blending philosophy.
A cracker of a Grange; full deep red with ruby edges. Perfumed, heady aromas of black and red berries of rare concentration partnered by sweet vanilla/chocolate/coconut oak and scented with cracked pepper. Succulent, sumptuous palate of wonderful concentration, length and persistence, finely and precisely structured with everything imaginable in perfect place and balance. An essay in controlled power. 19.5, drink 2026-2036+ 98 Points; Jeremy Oliver
Shows the 1995 the way. Lots of coffeed oak, arguably in the same vein as the 1995, but with fruit brightens rippling through it, lifting the wine as it does to significant heights. Tannins on this wine have always been perfect, and they still are. Great Grange. Give it another 20 years. 2035; 98 Points; Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Medium to full red-purple, still bright after five years, vibrant cherry and plum fruit aromas more than handle the oak on the bouquet; the palate is sumptuous, but not heavy, the cherry and plum flavours tracking the bouquet. The wine has a very long finish, with fine, integrated tannins. Destined to become one of the great Granges. Rating 97 Points; Drink 2026 James Halliday
Deep crimson. Highly defined meaty/gamey/plum/prune/liquorice aromas and coffee/chocolate nuances. The palate is decadently rich with lashings of sweet fruit, deep set choco-plum/prune/mocha/liquorice flavours, supple, ripe but pronounced tannins plenty of underlying oak, building up to a firm finish (99 points). Certainly it is in the same class as the 1990 and 1991 with a cellar life of decades. Rating 99 Points; Andrew Caillard, MW
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