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1996 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange

RRP:$650.00
1 x 750ml Bottles
Cracka Review
From arguably one of the greatest vintages of the 90’s, up there with the famed ’90 and ’91 vintages, this grange is a perennial favourite amongst the Cracka wine team. The ’96 is drinking beautifully at the moment, displaying an abundance of sweet and spicy primary fruit balanced attractively with the assertive elegant structure a great grange is known for. This wine has many years to come and is a must try for any serious wine drinker.
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Winemaker's Note
Grange is the benchmark by which other Australian reds are often measured. Grange is decadently rich with layer upon layer of flavor that coats the tongue and generously lingers minutes after swallowing. Abundant aromas leap from a glass of Grange and defy the typical adjectives used by wine tasters. These are hedonistic aromas of rich, ripe fruits and spice, yet with an 'otherness' of which wine tasters speak of in hushed tones.

Grange blossoms with 15 to 20 years of bottle age and better vintages can live and continue developing for decades. First produced by Max Schubert in 1951, the '96 Grange represents 46 years of winemaking excellence.

Appearance: Vibrant plum red.

Nose: A fusion of blackcurrants, blueberry and boysenberry fruits lavished with cinnamon and sweet spices. Closer inspection suggests earthy, savory aromas laced with roasted chestnut and fresh barrel fermentation richness.

Palate: Concentration, power, flavour and balance - archetypal Grange! Masses of berried fruits, yet as with many of the classic releases, a blueberry fruit core. One of the classic vintages of the 1990s that sits alongside 1990, 1991 & 1998.


Reviews and Accolades


"Deep crimson. Beautifully balanced, utterly seductive wine with crimson plum/blackcurrant/blueberry/dark chocolate/aniseed aromas and well-integrated savoury new oak. A supple generously flavoured palate with deep-set plum/dark chocolate/liquorice fruit, freshly grilled nut/malty oak and supple, fine-grained tannins. A substantial wine showing all the hallmarks of finesse, power and complexity. A great vintage. Best to hold. 94% shiraz, 6% cabernet sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Magill Estate (Adelaide) blend. After superb winter rainfall, soil moistures improved. This was followed by mild, dry weather conditions resulting in a vintage of exceptional quality."
Andrew Caillard - The Rewards of Patience VI

Please note: **Like all our wines over 5 years of age, this bottle is sold as is. No returns or refunds accepted.**
Cracka Contributors' Reviews
Other Reviews
Perfect Grange. Structure, class, power.
98
Best Drinking:
2012-2035
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The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
Perfect Grange. Structure, class, power.
98
Best Drinking:
2012-2035
RRP Value:
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
This is touted as the greatest vintage since the '90, and sure it's a tremendous wine but, like the '90, we're not sure the fuss is justified -let alone the price. It has the trademark Grange dense blackish red-purple colour, the toasty oak, mocha, vanilla, groundcoffee smells, tremendously complex with a hint of mint and buried cherries. It has the assertive tannin grip, the powerful, muscular body and long licorice/blackberry finish. It's a long way from drinking at its peak. And we're sure it will mature into a great wine. So if you own some, drink it, perhaps with aged cheddar, but don't sell it.
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Good Australian Wine Guide 2001/2002
Wine Facts
Type Red
Variety Shiraz
Vintage 1996
Winery Penfolds
Region Barossa Valley
Cases Produced Over 1,500,000
Website www.penfolds.com.au
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