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.
Bottle no. AV697. This vintage was destined to be one of the greatest Granges. In the flesh it is majestically complex, superbly focused and intense, and wondrously balanced. It has every black fruit flavour known to man or woman, and will become more magical with each passing decade. Oh for a screwcap. Drink by: 2062; Date Tasted: Sept 2016; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 99 Points; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday Wine Companion
Deep colour. Intense paneforte, dark chocolate, dark blackberry aromas with lifted roasted chestnut, mocha, English-toffee aromas and notes of sweet tobacco, dried roses, shellac and frankincense. Superbly concentrated wine with wonderful presence, structure and density. Plush in scale yet possessing lovely energy and structure...Dense, expansive, rich and voluminous. All in perfect symmetry. A transcendent and powerfully expressive Grange harking back to Max Schuberts original blueprint. Its aromatic complexity, generosity and suppleness is reminiscent of the early 1960s. This has to be in the pantheon of all-time great vintages. Unbelievably good to drink now; a great indication of its lasting quality (but suggest you dont!). Leave it for a minimum of ten years, if you can. Drink: 2026-2080; Rating 100 Points; Andrew Caillard MW
Across the board the Penfolds supers ooze confidence this year and none more so than the mother of them all, Penfolds Grange Shiraz. Some releases are ripped with tannin and bulging with fruit, their skin so paper-thin that every ripple is highlighted. This release maintains a cuddliness, a softness; it’s not so eager to strut. It’s all there anyway; no need to try too hard. Sweet fruit, black and bright; musky vanillin oak and plenty of it. Blossomy notes. Studs of tannin, impressed into suede. A dry spiciness, set into the face of the waterfall of sweet soy-splashed berries. The seduction here has an inevitability to it. You know you’re being worked over but you succumb anyway. Certainly a top-tier Grange with an easy-as-you like air. Tasted: Oct 2016; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $850; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2025-2050; Rating: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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