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2007 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange
6 x 750ml Bottles
Cracka ReviewFrom a particularly dry vintage in South Australia, this full bodied and powerful Grange is something of a closed beast, a firm and extractive wine with serious concentration and intensity. Long term wine, no question about it.
Winemaker's NoteAn 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. To share a mature Grange, 15 to 20 years old, in fine condition, is one of the great wine experiences.
COLOUR - As a five year-old, dense vivid red—impenetrable almost to the rim.
NOSE - Unmistakably Grange—formic, ripe, pungent, confronting. Core: darker elements—soy/cola/peat/coal-dust/Dutch black liquorice with sesame/sea-weed/quince paste. Beneath: coffee-grind/mocha/bitter chocolate (from oak?). Above: African spices coupled with a fleeting and appealing glacial waft.
PALATE - At once, balanced and accessible; fresh and tight. A structural and textural continuum—no beginning or end, no gaps. Complete. In an attempt to define the palate profile... Flavours: dates, persimmon, roasted nuts … freshly baked pecan-pie/Portuguese custard tart. Oak: omnipresent, yet neither prominent nor ostentatious—completely assimilated. Tannins: neither obstructive nor aggressive, yet effortlessly conveying flavours. Yes, maturation of 21 months in barrel and three years in bottle, has moulded quite the structural and tactile Grange package.
“Aromatically captivating/convincing— similar to the 1987 in its formative years, stronger than the 1997!”
“Already complete... easily the key Penfolds wine from the 2007 South Australian vintage. As it should be!”
Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
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