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Penfolds Wines Grange South Australia 2013

Member Review by bdgreen:

Fantastic wine

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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

Member Reviews for Penfolds Wines Grange South Australia

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Snooth User: bdgreen
11888618
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 02/15/2013

Fantastic wine


Snooth User: penguinoid
1482961,216
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 05/03/2009

Not exactly reasonably priced, so my notes from a wine tasting ($500+ a bottle if you want to buy one...). Well balanced, with tar, tobacco and other dark flavours dominating to begin with. Blackcurrant emerges with time. This is a really good well balanced wine that will become a *great* wine in 5+ years time. This is made from grapes from quite a wide region, so in some respects is the 'opposite' of the terroir-focussed single vineyard style of wine making - but still manages to be very good. Pity about the price.


Snooth User: Latour1972
2142003
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 07/13/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Michael at MAX
162603173
3.00 5
Vintage: 2002 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
162603173
0.00 5
Vintage: 2002 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
90082133
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 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
Vintage: 2002 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.


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External Reviews for Penfolds Wines Grange South Australia

External Review
Vintage: 2009 10/15/2014

The 2009 Grange Shiraz is a comprised of 84% Barossa 8% McLaren and a little Clare Valley and a little Magill fruit with a small 2% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. At this youthful stage this deep garnet-purple colored wine puts forward a vivid expression of blackberry preserve aromas amid underlying cassis black cherry spice box char-grilled meat and chocolate box notes. Surprisingly medium to full-bodied (it smells much fuller!) with taut flavors that are very closed in the mouth it has firm chewy tannins to structure through the long and earthy finish. Drink it 2018 to 2035+. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/20/2015

Huge dill and vanilla aromas wrap around intense mixed-berry fruit, ending on notes of espresso and dark chocolate. It’s full bodied and richly textured, but perhaps a bit coarse as well. This may not be the biggest, baddest or longest-lived Grange, but it maintains the Grange standard of excellence. Drink 2020–2030.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 08/19/2014

The 2009 Grange Shiraz is a comprised of 84% Barossa, 8% McLaren, and a little Clare Valley and a little Magill fruit with a small 2% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. At this youthful stage, this deep garnet-purple colored wine puts forward a vivid expression of blackberry preserve aromas amid underlying cassis, black cherry, spice box, char-grilled meat and chocolate box notes. Surprisingly medium to full-bodied (it smells much fuller!) with taut flavors that are very closed in the mouth, it has firm, chewy tannins to structure through the long and earthy finish. 406 cases imported to the US. Drink it 2018 to 2035+.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 08/19/2014

Aromatically pure, with beautiful focus to the blueberry, black currant, espresso and cream character. In the mouth this sprouts prickly tannins and picks up a distinct tomato leaf note that sends the wine in a different direction. This has depth, length and plenty of ripeness without excess weight, but lacks the complete harmony of the best vintages. Best from 2016 through 2030.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 08/19/2014

Inky ruby. Intense spice- and mineral-accented aromas of cherry pit, blackberry and plum, with smoke and floral qualities adding complexity. Taut and linear on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering zesty dark fruit and violet pastille flavors and hints of licorice and vanilla. Finishes smoky, spicy and very long, with youthfully firm, building tannins adding grip. In a relatively taut, wound-up style for this wine; by all means give it some age.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 06/28/2014

The 2009 Grange Shiraz is a comprised of 84% Barossa 8% McLaren and a little Clare Valley and a little Magill fruit with a small 2% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. At this youthful stage this deep garnet-purple colored wine puts forward a vivid expression of blackberry preserve aromas amid underlying cassis black cherry spice box char-grilled meat and chocolate box notes. Surprisingly medium to full-bodied (it smells much fuller!) with taut flavors that are very closed in the mouth it


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2008 11/12/2013

Undurchdringlicher, dunkel-violetter Kern. Sofort ein kräftiger Anflug von Sojasauce und roter Lakritze in die Nase, umgeben von etwas Tee und mineralische Noten. Darunter verstecken sich Noten von Nussschalen, Gerberlohe und saftige Aromen von reifen Feigen und Zwetschgen. Mit etwas Luft steigen Blaubeeren und etwas Mokka in die Nase, die Eiche steht im Hintergrund dieser gewaltigen Aromatik (trotz 100% neuem Holz!). Vom ersten Auftakt bis zum Abgang wird der Gaumen einem Angriff der Aromen ausgesetzt - beginnend mit einem Strom aus Malz und Schokoladenpudding, gefolgt von Fruchtkonfit aus Brombeeren und Holunderbeeren. Die Tannine sind noch ungestüm und der 9%ige Anteil an Trauben aus dem Clare Valley sorgt für einen extra-Schub an Extrakt und Dichte.


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