Grange , 2014

  Penfolds

20 months in 100% new American 300L hogsheads. The nose opens up with luxurious dark fruit, sweet forest fruit, pretty but at the same time coiled and intense, glossy olive, mint slate and balsamic and blackcurrant. Opens up with air, beautiful polished tannins very smart and unmistakably Grange. Long. Not as opulent as the 2013 more about fresh fruit, all the better for it, it will drink earlier but also age comfortably for decades. Majestic. An icon wine in every sense. 98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. A selection of the best fruit from Barossa, McLaren Vale, Wrattonbully, Coonawarra, Clare Valley and Magill Estate.

Contains Sulphites.

About Penfolds

Penfolds' first vineyard was founded in 1844 at Magill, South Australia, by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold. After travelling to Bordeaux and studying winemaking techniques there, he returned vowing to produce a wine to rival the greatest clarets, this was Grange. The first vintage of Grange, named after Dr Penfold's cottage in Magill, was 1951. Today Grange is undoubtedly Australia’s most iconic and recognizable wine. Ever since its inception in 1951 the Shiraz dominated blend has come to symbolize the absolute peak of Australian fine wine. In the modern era, with Peter Gago at the helm, the wine seems to be gaining more plaudits than ever before. All early vintages were made from Shiraz grapes grown at Magill and Morphett Vale, Adelaide, and the wine was matured in new American oak for 12 months. Small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon are included in some vintages of Grange, and the wood ageing period has been lengthened to between 18 and 20 months. The wine is not released for at least four years after the vintage. A host of award-winning red wines from Penfolds have since followed, many identified by bin numbers which originated in the winery stock-keeping system. In 1998 Penfolds released its eagerly awaited top-end white wine, Yattarna, a blend of Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale Chardonnay.

Appellation: Barossa Valley

With some of the oldest plantings of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre in Australia the Barossa Valley is perhaps the most famous wine region in Australia. The warm valley floor and scarcity of water, coupled with incredibly old, dry farmed vines produces some of Australias most powerful reds.

Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz

The great red grape of the northern Rhône where it reaches its optimum levels in the violet-scented muscular wines of Hermitage and the graceful sappy Côte Rôties, which in the latter case is sometimes blended with Viognier. The wines of Cornas are renowned as producing Syrah-based wines very close in quality to Hermitage, while St Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage also represent some good value examples. It is also a component of many southern Rhône reds, namely Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As Shiraz, it is Australia's most important red variety, found in various guises from ripe fruit-forward commercial wines to intense concentrated old vine cuvees such as Grange and those of Clarendon Hills. In the best instances Syrah/Shiraz produces deep, spicy, age-worthy wines.