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Penfolds Grange 1 Bottle Left 1999

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Penfolds Wines:
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

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External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

The 1999 Grange does not come close to such great Granges as the 1998 1996 1991 and 1990. Dense ruby/purple to the edge with a bouquet of blackberries mulberries and floral-like aromas and medium to full body the 1999 has an acid punch but also tremendous layers of fruit and extract. Not massive but elegant and nicely layered... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/25/2009

WS: 94 Points RP: 92 Points ST: 91 Points


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

An excellent wine as it always is but this vintage of Grange is one that isn t just built for aging it requires it. Its flavors and aromas require a good 20 minutes in the glass to show themselves but with time pretty eucalyptus/mint and anise aromas come through. In the mouth this vintage feels more feminine than other recent vintages. It s very tightly wound with tea biscuit and plum notes peeking through; its tannins are powdery and pretty and its finish long and juicy. Wine Enthusias


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

...Sexy aromas of raspberry cola root beer and coconut. Thick dense and concentrated with exotic slightly candied dark fruit caramel toasted coconut and mineral flavors nicely shaped by firm acids. Shows strong fruit and a major dose of oak on the powerful backward finish... Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
01/03/2012

The summer of 2002 was one of the coldest on record, the autumn warm and dry. The season clearly branded this vintage of Grange with beautiful cool fruit and extremely long flavors. The fireworks that Grange can produce are subtle in euml;02, exploding out in all directions while leaving a sense of elegance. Its power continues to build over the course of several days, almost electric with coffee, mocha, plum and red berry flavors. A graceful Grange? Yes, and sure to be long-lived as well.


External Review
01/03/2012

The 2004 vintage was outstanding in Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Magill, the regions where the grapes were sourced for the marvelous 2004 Grange. It contains 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 16 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays a superb nose of wood smoke, Asian spices, incense, game, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Medium to full-bodied, satin textured, with deeply layered, succulent blackberry, plum, and chocolate flavors, it has the structure and complexity to merit extended cellaring of a decade and more. The winery estimates a drinking curve of 2016 to 2050; Irsquo;d be a bit more conservative on the long end of the range. It will ultimately be seen as one of the great vintages of Grange.


External Review
01/03/2012

Powerful aromas of cassis, blackberry and bitter cherry are complemented by exotic notes of smoky peat, pipe tobacco, violet oil and fresh blood. Deeply concentrated cherry skin and blackcurrant flavors are underscored by a strong mineral quality, with a sexy floral element gaining strength with air. The minerality builds on the finish, which leaves a wide swath of spice and earth notes in its wake. This winersquo;s marriage of depth, spiciness, fruit, meatiness and minerality is extremely impressive.


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