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Penfolds Grange Slightly Depressed Cork 2001

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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 2001 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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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: mprice12
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5.00 5
04/14/2011

Amazing! Not a huge fan of anything from Penfolds but this one was a bomb. Huge tannic monster that had some finess to it. Ive had a few vintages and all have kind of a sandpaper texture to it and this one had that in spades. A show stopper from down under!


Snooth User: winewimp
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2.50 5
10/21/2008

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Penfolds Grange Slightly Depressed Cork

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/28/2010

I tasted a trial blend of the 2001 Grange. It looks to be a sensational vintage that should merit a mid-90 point score. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2001 Penfolds Grange 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/16/2010

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... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2001 Penfolds Grange 750ml


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06/24/2007

The pinnacle of Australian Shiraz, Grange is truly a world-class wine. Intense fruit character, rich and wonderfully balanced. It will keep improving for 20+ years.



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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 2001 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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