- 100 points Robert Parker
- 97 points Huon Hooke
- Possibly the best Grange ever!
Penfolds Grange Shiraz (1 Bottle) 2008 x1
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98% Shiraz, 2% Cabernet.
Plum pudding pork rack, swede, quandong and desert raisin.
Matured for 19 months in new American oak hogsheads.
Impenetrable dark core.
Somewhat intimidating? Yes. Brazen? Never. An immediate and powerful lift of colasoyhoisinred licorice, propelled by tea-smoke and ferric influences. Less obvious nut-husktan-bark notes align with lush aromas of ripe (jamon-wrapped) figs and a panaforte plushness. With air, blueberry fruits and mocha arise, the oak (100% new!) remaining concealedtoo much aromatic background chatter to register!
A muscular pushwaveaffront across the entire palatefrom start to finish. Never oppressive nor ungainly, yet captivatingly forceful. i.e. a vinous lava flow of dark licorice and malt'molten', with a self-saucing chocolate pudding richness and blackberry, elderberry fruits. Pronounced tannins are unleashed, and the Clare component makes its (9%) presence felt, adding to both flavour pool and extract. Power and density naturally respectful of balance and structure.
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. Penfolds 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.
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