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1975 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange
Angus Hughson (2010 Vintage) says
Inky colour. Embryonic blackberry, tar, chocolate. Dry, full-bodied and bright with a dense core of slightly closed fruits well matched with sweet oak. A muscular long finish that is tannic suggests this is built for long term cellaring.
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
2010 holds a privileged position in the 60 year lineage of Penfolds Grange. In the context of recent tastings of many of the greatest vintages, 2010 attains new heights in its depth of black fruit presence and its structural assuredness. I adore 2008 Grange and, tasting them together, 2010 is even deeper and more vibrant, exuding another dimension of distinguished grace, precision, concentration, scaffolded structure and seamless, enduring persistence. There is a coiled reticence to the bouquet, skirting black plum, liquorice and dark chocolate, opening into breathtaking violet fragrance. The palate is unyielding, yet immensely structured. Magnificently voluptuous, yet elegantly coiled and bright. Silky and irresistible, yet untouchable and enduring. Tannins are a revelation, with a finesse and a chalk-fine texture impossible for such a resilient and powerful frame. Penfolds Grange 2010 is definitively on a plane of its own: the greatest young Australian wine I have ever tasted. A blend of 96% shiraz and 4% cabernet, from Barossa (85%), Clare, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill.Wine Taste Weekly - 01/10/14
Andrew Graham (2010 Vintage) says
Curious nose on this - it's immediately more kirschy and younger than the wines before it. Like it's from another world. Extraordinary chewy length, really choc mint fruit and youthful. Hard to believe it is just one year younger than the 09. This is an absolutely exceptional wine, the length is amongst the best Australian reds I can think of. What makes it brilliant is the texture - it's super plush, along with the persistence of red coffeed fruit, drying tannins, utter polish and that extra layer of intensity. Looks rather more balanced than any Grange in years.
The Wine Front (2010 Vintage) says
The one and only: Penfolds Grange Shiraz. This 2010 vintage release is 80% Barossa Valley Shiraz but with input from the Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate. It’s 96% shiraz, 4% cabernet sauvignon.
Powerful. Perfect. Origami shiraz. A large sheet of flavour folded into the precise design of its maker. Dark chocolate, blackberry, porty plum, cloves. Flavours of various seeds and nuts. Asphalt and malt. The tannin feels robust and tough as old boots but the fruit is drastically smooth and polished; the Grange way. Served alongside the 2008 and 2009 Granges and it certainly put the 2009 well into the shade, but faced stiff competition from the 2008. It’s a more seamless wine than the 2008. Perhaps a more perfect one too.
Campbell Mattinson.The Wine Front, 01 October 2014.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
The core of this wine is Barossa Valley Shiraz (85%) the remaining 11% shiraz and 4% cabernet sauvignon from the Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate. In time honoured fashion, it finished its fermentation in 100% new American oak hogsheads, where it spent the next 17 months. It has exceptional hue and depth to the colour; the smoky complexity to the black fruits (no red or blue) of the bouquet also offers licorice and earth aromas; only a great Burgundy could have more nuances defined each time you revert to the bouquet. You could lose yourself, Narcissus-like, looking endlessly into the reflection of the palate; for all its power, there is not a hair out of place, the tannins outstanding. There is not the slightest question this will be one of the greatest Granges in the pantheon of ‘52, ‘55, ‘71, ‘96 and ‘06.to 2060
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Matthew Jukes (2010 Vintage) says
This wine is utterly amazing in every way. It is also the finest Grange aroma I have ever had the pleasure of inhaling and this includes all of the older vintages I have tasted, too. This is a complete wine. Nothing more is needed and nothing here could be let go without detracting from the whole. It is perfect. It is also the essence of two very important and powerful entities – the legend that is Grange and also the mind-blowing vintage that is 2010. This means that it has Grange’s majesty tempered by the restraint, intensity, beauty and composure of 2010. It is very dark, intensely so, and yet this class of malevolence has never been so alluring. This is the finest wine I have tasted this year, not least because it meticulously hunts down out every single taste bud in your system urgently before hypnotising it for evermore rather than blasting it, senselessly, with a shotgun. Heavenly, enchanting, forthright and mesmerising it is a wine you simply must taste.
James Suckling (2010 Vintage) says
The 2010 Grange arrives with much expectation and does not disappoint. This is a powerhouse, structurally superior to both the 2009 and 2008 vintages and breathtakingly dense, long and precise. The nose has cola, blackberry, vanillin, hard brown spices of all kinds, coal smoke, meaty charcuterie elements and a strong tarry, savoury note that speaks of the 85% Barossa Valley componentry. The palate has super deep tannins that fan out through flavoursome black fruits. These are purposeful tannins; they bristle on the palate, tantalising and assertive yet playful, strong not aggressive. The power here is the thing; this has mouth-coating density and terrific drive, so tightly coiled, it gives enough away to suggest a very, very long cellaring wine is here. This is a classic Grange that will please the serious collectors. A wine of genuine pedigree. Better in 2026.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
The core of this wine is Barossa Valley Shiraz (85%) the remaining 15% Shiraz (and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) from the Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate. In time honoured fashion, it finished its fermentation in 100% new American oak hogsheads, where it spent the next 17 months. It has exceptional hue and depth to the colour; the smoky complexity to the black fruits (no red or blue) of the bouquet also offers licorice and earth aromas; only a great Burgundy could have more nuances defined each time you revert to the bouquet. You could lose yourself, Narcissus-like, looking endlessly into the reflection of the palate; for all its power, there is not a hair out of place, the tannins outstanding. There is not the slightest question this will be one of the greatest Granges in the pantheon of '52, '55, '71, '96 and '06.
Wine Advocate (2010 Vintage) says
The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in colour, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced - replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. If I have any very slight complaint of this near perfect wine it is that it seems a little too clinical and appears to speak less of the land and the heart of South Australia and more of the very skilled winemaking than did the Grange from the magical 2008 vintage.
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
2008 Grange took me by surprise. I was expecting a hulking, looming thing that harked back to the blockbusters of years passed. What I did not expect was a tasting note featuring ‘purity’ three times (even ‘aching purity’), ‘refinement,’ even ‘detail’. There is not an iota of heatwave effect here, but that’s not the point. The point is, season aside, 2008 epitomises the modern face of Grange. Yes, this is still Grange as we know it, with its backdrop of high cocoa dark chocolate, its hints of coal steam and its definitive, monumental intensity. But there’s a newfound overlay of brilliantly precise black fruit definition here, with perfectly ripe black plums, black cherries, blackberries and black pastilles all perfectly laid out in their gloriously intricate detail. Grange tannins are here to behold, charged with great endurance, yet super fine and somehow more lacy than ever. Persistence transcends time, lingering, undeviated, for minutes. Grange 2008 has an appeal and enticement already, and while it won’t be the longest-lived Grange ever, it will confidently improve for decades and afford great joy along every bit of the way. For the record, 98% shiraz and 2% cabernet sauvignon from 89% Barossa Valley, 9% Clare Valley and 2% Magill Estate. 5000-10000 cases.2028-2043Wine Taste Weekly Special Edition 106 - Penfolds Bin and Icon Release 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The wine contains 2% cabernet sauvignon and 98% shiraz, 81% Barossa, the remaining shiraz from elsewhere in South Australia, and spent 19 months in new Am oak hogsheads in which it finished its fermentation. Forget any idea that it was influenced by the heatwave: the best Barossa Valley shiraz was picked before the end of February, almost a week before the heatwave arrived. Densely coloured, it has an ultra-complex bouquet, with black fruits/anise/licorice, easily dealing with the oak; a remarkable wine in every way. The balance, texture and structure are faultless, so much so that the wine achieves elegance now, many years before you would expect that quality to be commented on. Likewise, the palate has absorbed the oak in the same way as the bouquet.
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
06 takes the energy and vitality of 02 and the opulence and stamina of 04 and finds a middle ground, in a ravishing state of contentedness. This is Barossa shiraz, sufficient to be labelled as such, with tiny quantities of Coonawarra and Magill and just 2% cabernet. Intricately tweaked pressings make the style more approachable, but seemingly none of its legendary longevity has been sacrificed. A marvel of flavour engineering, throbbing with satsuma plum skin, black pastilles, liquorice, coal, black olives, iodine and exotic spice. Immense, nutty oak lurks behind the fruit at every moment like a dark shadow. Seamless, impeccably refined tannins rise like a tsunami. Controlled, focused and honed; another heroic Grange has ascended to the lineage of legends.2031-2046
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Still deep crimson; its bouquet sets the scene for the stringly complex array of black characters that run all the way through the wine from the first whiff to the finish and aftertaste: anise, licorice, tar, bitter chocolate, blackberry, prune and peppercorns. The tannins are prominent, and play their part in the steadily building impact on the very long palate but they are in balance with the fruit and oak of an extremely powerful grange. Great future.
2011-2050Australian Wine Companion, 2012
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Spectacular shiraz. Perfect structure, depth and length. Clearly and categorically in the upper echelon of the world's red wine. Grange isn't always the best wine in the land in any given year, but with this year's release it is. Crushed ants, blood plums, espresso, earth, malt, Asian spice, bay leaf, black tea, pan juices. Tannins cut, crush and mould the wine in the most positive of manners. An incredible modern Grange, destined for greatness. Massive fragrance. Much like the fabulous 1996 model, though the oak on this one is better integrated than it was with the 1996 as a young wine. Subtle, smoky, barrel ferment characters, too. If you are ever going to buy a new-release Grange, this is the one. It's a fifty-year wine.2017-2050The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
2034-2044The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Deep and bright color; major surprise along the lines of the '00, albeit in very different style; here there is density and structure; the fruit is rich, but not spongy or dead. Ultra careful selection.To 2028Australian Wine Companion 2009
Nick Stock (2003 Vintage) says
Dark, brooding aromas, plenty of tarry/savoury smells, boot polish and trademark resinous American oak - one of its signatures. If the nose doesn't instantly win you over, the palate displays some handy pedigree; the intensity is hard to fathom, ripe dark berry fruits, dark plums and chocolate, tannins are tucked in tight as a drum. It pulls everything in through the middle and makes a beeline for the finish. There's plenty more to come in the next few years, but it's not one of their finest.2013Good Australian Wine Guide 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A very ripe, assertive, profoundly structured and traditional warm year Grange whose dark, brooding and brambly fruit and lavish oak are supported by drying, firm and chalky tannin. It's still a bruising young wine, with a surprisingly floral and heady, jasmine-like bouquet and dense layers of blackberries, blueberries, cassis and dark plums backed by smoky, meaty, dark chocolate and cedary influences. As it opens further, nuances of treacle, aniseed and graphite slowly emerge. Firm and dense, its palate simply drips with concentrated flavour, finishing with the length and balance expected of this label.2023-2033+Australian Wine Annual 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2003 Vintage) says
Made each year since 1951; it will always be the flag bearer of quality Australian wine. 2003 RELEASE Great result for the vintage. Has hot, brandied, salty characters but lots of fleshy, pippy fruit through its core, and enough fruit attachment to the tannins to bear it well. This is a ripping result. There's an odd bitterness on the finish, thanks to the high heat stress of the vintage. A sneak preview 2004 and 2005 showed both to be great Granges. DRINK 2015-2025.2015 - 2025The Big Red Wine Book
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
Penfolds is the most recognised name in Australian wines, offering a ton of affordable styles, yet Grange fascinates drinkers as Mount Everest does climbers. The style has undergone evolutionary changes from its initial launch in the Max Schubert years when it was a big, slightly extracted sweet-fruited wine that developed a lot of chocolaty secondary flavours. During the mid-1970s under Don Ditter, the wines gained freshness while still in the traditional Penfolds background extract and big rich chocolaty styles. Changes between 1981 and 1986 with Daryl Groom and John Duval saw the big sweet fruit style rapidly gain additional freshness and varietal purity with the tannins becoming finer compared to the previous decades and adopting a more modern style, leaving some of the old-fashioned Penfolds’ family oak and tannins behind. Under Peter Gago striving for freshness within the template has continued.2020Australian Wine Vintages
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2003 Vintage) says
Great result from a testing vintage.2015-2025The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
Jeremy Oliver (1999 Vintage) says
Superbly elegant and harmonious wine, with a deep red ruby hue. Perfumed with violets and raspberries, cassis and redcurrants, it is lifted by hints of briar and blueberries, plus some assertive, but integrated vanilla/coconut oak. Smooth and silky, a beautifully complete and controlled wine of fineness and tightness; whose pristine small black and red berry fruit and integration present this refined vintage at its absolute best.2019-2029+Australian Wine Annual 2005
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Concentrated blackberry and licorice fruit, the oak perfectly integrated. A powerful, masculine style, a touch more austere than the '98.2029Australian Wine Companion 2005
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1999 Vintage) says
Perfect poise, perfect weight.2010-2027The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to full red, with just a couch of purple remaining; powerful, complex dark fruits, chocolate and savoury lemon/ vanilla oak on the bouquet, then a similarly powerful palate where earth and chocolate join the chorus of flavours promised by the bouquet; persistent tannins, of course. It's hard to suggest this will be regarded as a great Grange in 20 years or so, but it is nonetheless in the mainstream of Grange style.2010-2030Australian Wine Companion 2004
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1997 Vintage) says
Leathery, blackberried. Lacks endurance.2009-2012The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
Jeremy Oliver (1997 Vintage) says
2017-2027The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1996 Vintage) says
Perfect Grange. Structure, class, power.2012-2035The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
James Halliday (1994 Vintage) says
Dense red-purple; the typically rich and powerful bouquet has layers of dark berry fruit and integrated and balanced oak. What makes it unusual is the distinct hint of chocolate, which appears again on the silkily powerful palate. Here there is an array of all of the fruit flavours one could possibly expect, but once again that touch of dark Swiss chocolate adding an intriguing note. The oak balance and integration is better than any five-year-old Grange I can remember, the tannins perfectly balanced into the bargain.2004-2024Australian Wine Companion 2000
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1994 Vintage) says
Big, sweet, structured and welcoming.2011-2025The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
Jeremy Oliver (1994 Vintage) says
2014-2024+The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (1992 Vintage) says
Outstanding dense but bright purple-red; a powerful, concentrated bouquet with blackberry, mulberry and liquorice aromas, and the oak seemingly more restrained than is usual. A powerful but impeccably balanced and structured wine, redolent with black cherry, liquorice and mulberry fruit flavours; oozing class, breeding and staying power. It will be very interesting to watch the development of this wine versus the much-vaunted '90 and '91 vintages.Australian Wine Companion 1998
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1992 Vintage) says
Simple, leathery, drinking now.2009-2012The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
Jeremy Oliver (1992 Vintage) says
2012-2022The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
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