Penfolds Grange Premier Presented In Its Own Wooden Crate 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Regular winter rainfalls in 2001 ensured ideal soil moisture levels and healthy vine growth. Spring and summer temperatures were amongst the lowest on record, which reduced yield potential, as well as slowing overall crop ripening to a crawl. The 2002 growing season concluded with a warm, dry autum, which, combined with careful vineyard maangement, enabled the grapes to reach ideal ripeness. Shiraz (99%), Cabernet (1%) This wine was aged for 15 months in new American oak hogsheads. Alc/Vol:14.5% Acidity:6.9g/L pH:3.58 As a five year old at the time of writing, and just before its annual release, the wine is deep, dark and impenetrable. At once Grange...oh, and the aromatics just happen to be compatible with that of Shiraz. As is its want, the aromas transform and complex across many planes, with air and over time in the glass. At first, a rich mix of dark chocolate infused with coffee bean and black liquorice, then scents of tar, aniseed, raw (pure) soy and black olive. Is it oak, or a hybrid, ‘barrel ferment’ character that can be captured as it oscillates in and out of this beguiling aromatic offering? The palate is expansive, and yet finessed, balanced, highly defined, sleek. A continuum, an amalgam of dark berried flavours and textural sensations - deceptively accessible, yet a hidden largesse, untapped flavour and structural precursors threaten to ingress. 100% new oak is completely absorbed, meshed with ripe tannins, completing a palate of impressive length and youthfulness. This has been worth the wait. A complete wine, the description of which is not subservient to words - surely a good sign. The wine is at the other end of the Grange spectral offer to its predecessor, the 2001, purely as a result of two very different climatic vintages.

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  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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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!!


Snooth User: belasan
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5.00 5
05/11/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Penfolds Grange Premier Presented In Its Own Wooden Crate

External Review
09/27/2011

Grange is often an explosion on release, and the '01 does not want for intensity. This vintage is unusual, as it's all from Barossa fruit; what's more unusual is that is subtlety and grace make it surprisingly approachable as a young wine. The power of old-vine fruit is there in color, black and concentrated at the core, deep red at the edge. It's also there in the complex aromatics, layered in earthy tannins. Those beautiful tannins drive the wine, releasing a quiet blast of black fruit that evolves for over a minute as it lasts past each taste. The wine just doesn't let go, and is as mouthwatering as the sizzle on a steak. Grange will often thrive for 20 years from the vintage, the best vintages lasting longer.


External Review
09/27/2011

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 ë02, 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
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
09/27/2011

Grange is often all power in its youth, and this latest release offers all the tension and searing grandeur you could expet from Penfolds' most sought-after red. It's not yet expressive, locked in tannins that cover the fruit expression with dark-roast coffee scents of oak. But the tension around the fruit does begin to release a deep chocolate cherry flavor that remains subdued; that flavor will blossom with age, as this appear poised for three decades of development. A classic vintage, and the first 100-percent shiraz Grange since 1963.


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
10/15/2009

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 whirling aromatic shift, the wine becoming more complex, deeper, richer and darker. Palate: Layers of fruit, with blackberry and blueberry to the fore, as suggested by the nose. An underlying tarriness and new oak are seamlessly absorbed. A mass of fine grained tannins court a firm tight finish of great length. The wine possesses the essential ingredients of the marque, richness, harmony, and balance. A fitting Grange release to end the 1900’s, with decades of life ahead.


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.


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Regular winter rainfalls in 2001 ensured ideal soil moisture levels and healthy vine growth. Spring and summer temperatures were amongst the lowest on record, which reduced yield potential, as well as slowing overall crop ripening to a crawl. The 2002 growing season concluded with a warm, dry autum, which, combined with careful vineyard maangement, enabled the grapes to reach ideal ripeness. Shiraz (99%), Cabernet (1%) This wine was aged for 15 months in new American oak hogsheads. Alc/Vol:14.5% Acidity:6.9g/L pH:3.58 As a five year old at the time of writing, and just before its annual release, the wine is deep, dark and impenetrable. At once Grange...oh, and the aromatics just happen to be compatible with that of Shiraz. As is its want, the aromas transform and complex across many planes, with air and over time in the glass. At first, a rich mix of dark chocolate infused with coffee bean and black liquorice, then scents of tar, aniseed, raw (pure) soy and black olive. Is it oak, or a hybrid, ‘barrel ferment’ character that can be captured as it oscillates in and out of this beguiling aromatic offering? The palate is expansive, and yet finessed, balanced, highly defined, sleek. A continuum, an amalgam of dark berried flavours and textural sensations - deceptively accessible, yet a hidden largesse, untapped flavour and structural precursors threaten to ingress. 100% new oak is completely absorbed, meshed with ripe tannins, completing a palate of impressive length and youthfulness. This has been worth the wait. A complete wine, the description of which is not subservient to words - surely a good sign. The wine is at the other end of the Grange spectral offer to its predecessor, the 2001, purely as a result of two very different climatic vintages.

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