96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Magill Estate. 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. TA 6.9 g/l, pH 3.57.
Perfect vintage. Lustrous, dark blackish purple. Hint of putty and real interest. Nerve. High-toned note. Almost claret-like build with real tension. But huge complexity too. Very exciting. Distinctive. A bit like 2004? Muscular. Ambitious pricing though.
19/20 Jancis Robinson www.jancisrobinson.com
2010 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 -This wine is utterly amazing in every way.It is also the finest Grange aroma I have ever had the pleasure of inhaling and this includes all of the older vintages I have tasted, too.This is a complete wine.Nothing more is needed and nothing here could be let go without detracting from the whole.It is perfect.It is also the essence of two very important and powerful entities – the legend that is Grange and also the mind-blowing vintage that is 2010.This means that it has Grange’s majesty tempered by the restraint, intensity, beauty and composure of 2010.It is very dark, intensely so, and yet this class of malevolence has never been so alluring.This is the finest wine I have tasted this year, not least because it meticulously hunts down out every single taste bud in your system urgently before hypnotising it for evermore rather than blasting it, senselessly, with a shotgun.Heavenly, enchanting, forthright and mesmerising it is a wine you simply must taste.Drink from 2020-2050.