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.
Very deep inky purple-black colored, the 2013 Grange has a profoundly scented nose of crème de cassis, preserved black plums, blueberry pie and licorice over nuances of baker's chocolate, smoky bacon and fragrant earth, plus exotic spice wafts of cumin seed, cardamom, fenugreek and star anise. Unfurling and slowly building in the medium to full-bodied mouth with wonderful grace and depth, it reveals an incredible array of ripe black fruit, spice, meat and earth-inspired flavors, with a rock-solid frame to support this beauty (it should easily cellar for 40+ years!), while previously latent flavors emerge fully on the epically long finish, culminating in that ultimate Grange experience. Oh, yes. Rating: 100 Points; eRobertParker
96% shiraz, 4% cabernet sauvignon from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Magill Estate, matured for 20 months in new American hogsheads. Gloriously, splendiferously complex. There are so many layers of flavour it's labyrinthine, yet you never lose the thread, the path, of the wine. Austerity is not a term often used with Grange, but it's here, and to the benefit of the wine. Drink to: 2053; Price: $850.00; Date Tasted: Aug 2017; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 99 Points; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion
Deep colour. Intense inky dark chocolate, cranberry, blackberry fruits, paneforte, aromas with vanilla roasted chestnut, savoury oak notes. Densely concentrated and ample with generous deep-set blackberry dark chocolate dark cherry sweet fruit notes, fine perfectly ripe yet vigorous and plentiful graphite tannins, vanilla mocha, marzipan, roasted chestnut oak complexity and meaty paneforte negroni-like nuances. Finishes minerally and flavourful with a long supple textural plume. A brilliant follow-up to the classic 2012 vintage. An outlasting and transcendent wine of lovely proportion, density and mineral length. 20 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Rating; 98 Points; Andrew Caillard MW
An intoxicating Grange, deeply coloured and yet vibrant, and full to the brim with inimitable character that can only be Grange. Layers of satsuma plums, blackberries and black pepper meet dark chocolate, layered with wisps of coal steam, black olive and crushed ant. There is a high sheen polish to this release, and yet it offers space and effortless poise, without a detail out of place, set off magnificently with super fine yet confidently present tannins of grand endurance. This magic season is the ultimate proof that the even vintage pattern is over. Drink 2033-2048; Rating: 98 Points; Tyson Stelzer
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