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Penfolds Grange 2002

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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.

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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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: Michael at MAX
162603173
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: 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
7086343
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!!


Snooth User: belasan
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5.00 5
05/11/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Penfolds Grange

External Review
05/19/2011

This dark purple-colored wine exhibits notes of sweet plum, blackberry, and cassis intermixed with some licorice, chocolate, and espresso. It is a blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon that tips the scales at 14+% alcohol. The wine is layered, unctuously textured, full-bodied with tremendous intensity, moderately high tannin, and a 40-second finish. The wine needs a good 4-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025. This Grange should ultimately merit a higher score when it is closer to its plateau of drinkability.


External Review
09/27/2011

Virtually undeveloped, a huge, compacted Shiraz that feels like sucking on a stone of tannin, this nearly gives away its identity as Grange in a blind tasting. In a great vintage like '96, few other wines combine the explosive power and dense compaction Penfolds achieves in this selection of old-vines Shiraz. Tasting it now is more an intellectual pleasure, prying apart the layers of herbs, forest scents, bold fruit and tannin to understand its form, the wine remaining aloof and distant, like a sunrise over the horizon waiting to burst into flames. As tight as they may be, the flavors last for over a minute, the extreme spice warming every pore of the mouth, shedding jasmine and white pepper light across an expanse of dark, impenetrable shiraz. A classic Grange, this will likely come into its own at fifteen to twenty years of age.


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
09/27/2011

A classic Grange, this '98 is recognizable for the vastness of its flavor, for the inimitable balance of explosive elegance. The lithe, potent, athletic build is right there when the bottle is first opened, and the power of the wine just continues to expand. The deep well of old-vine fruit is black, faceted with fig and date maturity, slowly fading into the flavor of the soil. Or is it the texture of the soil, gripping and fresh, as the wine turns and turns again, showing provocative glints and glimpses of black? Hold onto this wine, as it will need a decade to show itself and two to show its best.


External Review
05/19/2011

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, it requires another 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 12-15 years.


External Review
05/19/2011

Smooth and seductive, this delivers a full-throated chorus of currant, plum, blackberry and spice flavors, hinting at coffee and cardamom as the finish floats and sails easily over a bed of polished, refined tannins. A touch of black olive balances nicely against it all. Beautifully structured, expressive and very long. Best from 2012 through 2025.


External Review
05/19/2011

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 wine's marriage of depth, spiciness, fruit, meatiness and minerality is extremely impressive.


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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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