Ever since the ambitious, experimental trials and tribulations of Max Schubert throughout the 1950s, to conceive and formulate the nation's first growth, Grange has maintained its place as Australia's most prestigious wine. A Shiraz of extraordinary dimension and power, richly textured, intensely concentrated and packed with fruit sweetness, the tasting of any Penfolds Grange regardless of vintage, is a profound and unforgettable experience. Rich and exciting in its youth, Grange develops into an immensely complex, beguiling wine that seduces the senses.
"Remember that old Heinz Ketchup “anticipation” ad from the 1970s? The palate of this 2015 Grange does just that. It makes you wait with so much delicious promise being drip fed into the mouth at first—and then it bursts forth and delivers! This vintage is a blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, coming from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Magill Estate. 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." 100/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parker Wine Advocate
This is a Grange vintage that impresses from the very first sniff, sip or swirl – all the more surprising since Grange is often the most reticent and backwards of all New World icons. The fruit is beautiful, immaculately pure and refined in a multitude of colours and layers, with a distinct soy and Asian spice note. It feels as though you can touch and feel the Magill Estate influence in 2013. This is much more open than the 2008 or 2010 were at this stage, but given how long they need in the cellar, I don’t consider this a negative in any way. It will drink almost straight “off the boat”, but with its incredible balance of fruit, tannin (oh, the tannins!) and acidity I can see this making very, very refined old bones. Drink 2020-2050 18+/20, Jancis Robinson MW
An Australian icon, Grange represents a tradition that is totally uncompromising. Grange has bypassed the fads and trends of modern fashions in the sense that it has maintained an integrity of style and remained true to its origins. Penfolds Grange is the quality standard against which the finest efforts of Australian winemaking can only aspire. Grange is made to an inimitable style which defines the vagaries of vintage and uniqueness of Australian Shiraz. Vintage 2006 was sourced from exceptional sites in the Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, as well as the historic Magill Estate in Adelaide Hills. The finished Grange was matured eighteen months in a selection of exclusively new American oak hogsheads.
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