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.
The hallmark of this wine is its powerful fruit intensity, superb length and typical Grange complexity, showing integrated fruit and oak flavours which are very persistent, reflecting the exceptional quality of the 1988 vintage.
Sourced from premium vineyards in South Australia, the 1988 Penfolds Grange is predominantly Shiraz (Hermitage) with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. A classic Grange, from an outstanding vintage year, the 1988 will develop superbly over the next 20 years.
More restrained than the ’86 but elegant and quite dense with intense fruit flavours and nice energy. This was my second favourite wine – it is developing beautifully with an almost peacock’s tail display on the finish. Long and complex. Dtae Tasted: Sept 2016; Rating: 97 Points; Bob Campbell
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