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Penfolds Grange 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Penfolds' chief winemaker, Peter Gago, put the wine in the same league as the 'wonderful' 1990 and 1996 vintages. Not only has Gago praised the 2002 Grange but the average ranking by critics globally is 98 points so far. This really is a stupendous wine that will cellar for at least 2 decades.

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

Member Reviews for Penfolds Grange

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Snooth User: Michael at MAX
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3.00 5
01/06/2011

Got to be Honest there is a lot of good wine out there at a $100.00 a bottle that have impressed me a lot more. This was $500+ and it did not deliver. PS: I have tasted a lot of Grange and it is good BUT.


Snooth User: Michael at MAX
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0.00 5
10/13/2009

2002 Grange Deep purple. Beautifully concentrated aromas, Rich concentrated berry flavours with oak nuances, firm persistent chocolate coated tannins; that gave this wine the winning edge on the night, yes it was still young but that is what made the wine so lively and fresh in the mouth I voted it, Best wine on the night.


Snooth User: rsimone
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4.00 5
10/08/2008

I had the pleasure of drinking this at a wall street journal wine tasting. It was seriously fantastic. I wish I could afford to buy it.


Snooth User: Atlas308
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5.00 5
05/06/2008

Bold and flavorful with dark berries, subtle pepper and hints of cedar. Bold tannins, drink with food. Beef of venison would pair nicely with this wine.


Snooth User: Jasperhill
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0.00 5
01/16/2011

Delicious wine, super ripe and generous, brooding intensity, gets me wet! Gushing in my panties over this one boys!!


External Reviews for Penfolds Grange

External Review
05/19/2011

The Wine of the Year in 1995 (with the '90 vintage), Australia's legendary red once again graces our Top 100 with its current release. Chief winemaker John Duval relies on Penfold's Kalimna vineyard in Barossa Valley for the backbone of the Grange blend.


External Review
05/19/2011

As if wine collectors weren't already falling over themselves to get precious bottles of Australia's most fabled wine, along comes a vintage like this. It's an astonishing wine, utterly seamless, maybe the best Grange yet. Powerful, aristocratic and impressive in the way it gathers up its flavors and lets them hang on and on and on while the finish lingers. The range starts with black cherry, blackberry, exotic spice and mineral, and moves on to dark licorice, pepper and subtle gamy notes. Then it all comes together and picks up speed on the finish. Best after 2007.


External Review
05/19/2011

Last but not least is Australia's most famous wine, the 2002 Shiraz "Grange". The 2002 version was sourced from 77.5% Barossa Valley and 22.5% from McLaren Vale. Included in the blend is 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent 17 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple, it gives off an ethereal bouquet of violets, saddle leather, blueberry, blackberry, pencil lead, and chocolate. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and great balance. Thick and rich, with a 60-second finish, it will slowly blossom over the next 15-20 years and provide pleasure through 2050. It is a legend in the making!


External Review
05/19/2011

Inky violet with a bright rim. Explosive and utterly captivating on the nose, offering a range of aromas that encompasses red and darker berries, flowers, cigar box, minerals and sexy oak spices. Quite broad on the palate, and packing a real punch to its flavors of cassis, boysenberry, candied plum, bitter chocolate and fruitcake. Serious, harmonious tannins give plenty of structural support. This expands and grows even sweeter with aeration, finishing with outstanding persistence. Oak spices add sex appeal. A superb Grange.


External Review
04/12/2011

Colour: Impenetrable deep red/purple. Nose: Blackberry and blueberry fruit interwoven with perfectly tuned, malty, savoury oak, with liquorice and anise notes hovering above. Upon sitting there is a


External Review
05/19/2011

It is always a treat to taste Australia's most famous wine, Penfolds' Grange cuvee (the word Hermitage has been dropped because of legal issues). The 2001 Grange is one of the few vintages of this cuvee to be composed of 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, and 2000). Aged 17 months in 100% American oak, and tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, the 2001 is undeniably one of the top examples of this wine. At this stage, it appears to eclipse the 1998 and 1996. Inky/blue/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, graphite, and earth, it boasts good acidity, huge tannins, magnificent concentration, and a multilayered, textured mouthfeel. It is a big, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz that should shed some of its structure and tannin over the next 4-5 years, and be at its best between 2010-2030+.


External Review
05/19/2011

Ruby-red. Initially closed on the nose but aeration brings a complicated bouquet of raspberry, wild strawberry, crème de mure, sexy oak spices, woodsmoke, tobacco, vanilla and fresh flowers. A deep, sweet but precise midweight, with energetic flavors of red and dark berries, cherry compote, cinnamon, mocha and smoked meat, all wrapped in substantial but silky tannins. Sappy and expansive on the impressively long, velvety finish. You'd be nuts to open this any time soon.


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Penfolds' chief winemaker, Peter Gago, put the wine in the same league as the 'wonderful' 1990 and 1996 vintages. Not only has Gago praised the 2002 Grange but the average ranking by critics globally is 98 points so far. This really is a stupendous wine that will cellar for at least 2 decades.

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