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2003 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange

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Winemaker's Notes

Grange is arguably Australia's most famous wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.

Penfolds Grange displays fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes in combination with new American oak. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as one of the most consistent of the world's great wines. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy.

Grape Variety:

Colour: Deep red.

Nose: Captivating, complex, complete. Unravelling aromatics unfurl with air - blue fruit notes entwined with barrel ferment and maturation elements; nothing singular, always in tandem. Sweet soy, cola and quince paste high notes escape from an ethereal layer (aniseed, fennel and fresh treacle ginger pudding) wafting above.

Palate: Dark and liqueur chocolate, laced with Moroccan spices. An underlying tar/graphite blackness is lifted by derived fruit/quince pie flavours - a few years earlier they may have been more brashly varietal and elemental. Pronounced tannins sweep across the palate, although they are certainly part of the wine, never obtrusive. Long, layered and compelling, this wine is at the spicier end of the Grange spectrum.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2003 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange

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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
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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.
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