The most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district
blending philosophy, Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is
officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Crafted utilising
fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and structured 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. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental
1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between shiraz and the soils and
climates of South Australia.
VINEYARD REGION Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Magill
GRAPE VARIETY 97% Shiraz, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
months in American oak hogsheads (100% new)
COLOUR Bright deepened red,
iris-purple on rim
NOSE A fusion of preserved figs, black plum, blackberry
and black liquorice flirts with an aromatic elution of fish oil, anchovy, soy
and sesame/nori. Nascent scents of toasted charred meats (rotisserie rib of
beef?), rendered fat/marrow ... An uplifting freshness and higher notes are
liberated with air – awakened scents akin to cola, Chinotto, aniseed, root beer.
Camouflaged (new!) oak has to be proactively sought out, verified. Strikes a
Grange stylistic bullseye, all boxes ticked.
PALATE A retronasal transfer of
the aromatics listed above converge to similarly adorn the palate. Full-bodied –
turbo-propelled by a V.A./formic mix, affording attaque and grip, yet respectful
of balance and style. Custom-fitted with impressive density and length – all
dark and black, harmonious. Oak conceded – absorbed, compliant – effortlessly
merging with blue and black fruits and dark chocolate/mocha notes. Solid,
malleable tannins, with an exacting acid coupling, serve to polish and elevate;
no doubt soon to preserve. Energetic, focussed. Much still to reveal ...