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Penfolds Grange Best of the Best James Halliday Top 100 Wines 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The Penfolds Grange is arguably Australia's most famous 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 displays 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. The flavour pool primarily highlights Satsuma plum conserve alongside rhubarb, aniseed, fennel, with liqueur chocolate shyly awaiting mid-palate. There is a definite tannin structure from the oak, nevertheless this wine is balanced, firm, polished. The first sip welcomes, the second sip asserts, the third... submission!

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

External Reviews for Penfolds Grange Best of the Best James Halliday Top 100 Wines

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/28/2011

98% shiraz, sourced from the Barossa Valley and the Magill Estate below the Adelaide Hills, and 2% cabernet sauvignon. The 55th vintage of Grange. Opaque in color all the way to the rim. Accurately reflecting the nature of the vintage, highlights a b... Chuck Hayward. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 Penfolds Grange 750ml


External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
11/27/2012

Only the third Grange to be produced from 100% Shiraz, the 1999 Grange is superb... A wine of great intensity, sweet tannin, voluptuous texture, and a spectacularly long finish, it will be at its finest between 2007-2025.'


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/12/2012

Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, it's still a little youthfully mute,... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 Penfolds Grange 750ml


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
11/13/2013

Ausgewogen und gut zugänglich, frisch und straff. Ein Struktur-und Texturkontinuum,kein Anfang und kein Ende, keine Lücken. Aromen von Datteln, gerösteten Nüssen und frisch gebackenem Kuchen. Die Eiche ist allgegenwärtig, doch weder vorstehend noch protzig - vollständig eingebunden. Die Tannine sind nicht aggressiv sondern stützen die Aromen. 21 Monate im Fass -und drei Jahre Flaschenreife haben das strukturelle Grange Paket geformt.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
07/07/2011

Intensives, dunkles Rot, mit violetten Reflexen. Fruchtig-blumiger Auftakt, erinnert an Aprikose, Mandeln, Waldbeeren und Gewürze. Reiche Struktur, feine Tannine, langer Nachklang.


External Review
07/06/2011

Pre-Arrival Item - Will Ship Mid-May - Winemaker Notes - From humble beginnings in the 1950s, Grange has maintained its place as Australia's most prestigious red wine over five decades. Today, it is a wine of international renown, with each vintage eagerly awaited by collectors both in Australia and overseas. Penfolds Grange is a wine of extraordinary dimension and power. Richly textured, intensely concentrated and packed with fruit sweetness, these wines, regardless of vintage, require medium to long-term cellaring. They develop into immensely complex, beguiling wines that seduce the senses. An Australian icon, Grange represents a tradition in winemaking that is totally uncompromising. Grange has bypassed the fads and trends of modern winemaking in the sense that it has maintained an integrity of style and remained true to its origins in the mind of Max Schubert. Penfolds Grange is the quality standard against which all other Australian red wines are judged...



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The Penfolds Grange is arguably Australia's most famous 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 displays 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. The flavour pool primarily highlights Satsuma plum conserve alongside rhubarb, aniseed, fennel, with liqueur chocolate shyly awaiting mid-palate. There is a definite tannin structure from the oak, nevertheless this wine is balanced, firm, polished. The first sip welcomes, the second sip asserts, the third... submission!

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