Penfolds Grange Shiraz 2002
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.
As hoped and expected; beautiful colour; a wonderful bouquet, with black fruits or various kinds the engine, oak in tow. Impeccable texture and balance in the mouth; again, a wonderful array of seamless blackberry, licorice and high-quality oak; destined to become recognised as one of the great Granges. Cork 14.5% alc. Rating 97. To 2050 - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008
Deep, closed and brooding, with perfectly ripened aromas of dark berries, plums and typical smoky cedar/vanilla/dark chocolate Penfolds oak that become more fragrant with aeration, revealing scents of violets, cloves and cinnamon. Smooth, unctuous and exceptionally elegant for Grange, its voluptuous palate of black cherries, plums, black olives and smoky dark oak finishes with exceptional length of vibrant fruit over suggestions of minerals and vanilla. The longer it’s opened, the silkier and more ethereal it becomes, as the quality of its fine-grained tannin becomes apparent. A classic reflection of a great cool vintage. (South Australia, $500 retail, approx., 19.4/97, drink 2022-2032+) Jeremy Oliver
Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 2002 ($500): A precise, definitive, lattice-structured wine of great power and poise. This vintage is a great example of what Grange is, and of how new American oak and rich South Australian shiraz can seamlessly combine to form a sophisticated whole. This is not an over-powered wine, but it is beautifully powered, with a great push of meat, plums, smoke, vanillin, cassis and bright, rich blackberries pouring through your mouth. Its wealth of fine-boned tannins is, though, what sets this wine apart, and gives it the best long-term cellaring potential since the 1996 vintage Grange release. This should be a 25+ year wine. It's a classic example of precision wine engineering. (And indeed, for my personal taste, it is the best Grange since the 1996). Drink: 2015-2035+ 96 points. Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
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