The unmissable new vintage.
Penfolds 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.
The 2010 that we are releasing today is set to go down as a monumental Grange. The word on the grapevine is that it has been extremely highly scored by someone at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, though nothing is official yet. Obviously it cannot beat the three digit score of the 2008 (unless new ground is broken), but will it equal it? Having tasted it, it seems entirely possible.
Grange 2010 is the product of an excellent growing season. As usual it was raised for 17 months in all new American oak hogsheads and represents a blend of 96% Shiraz with just 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Heady, overt and sexy, black fruit spills from the glass supported by complex notes of nori, soy and balsamic. On the palate it is a big wine, but very fine boned, with long hedonistic waves of blueberry, tobacco, dark chocolate and smoked meat all held together by very sleek and refined tannins, bright acidity and a tense, coiled sense of energy. Monumental and refined, this is a wine that will give pure unbridled pleasure in any of the next three, or more decades.
In addition to the Grange release there are 2012s from the rest of Penfolds Icon range, a vintage itself hailed as being something of a cracker. Bin 707 represents the Cabernet Sauvignon version of Grange, multi-vineyard, multi-region aged in all new American oak hogsheads. Bin 389 is often referred to as the 'Baby Grange' though it sees less new oak and is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with some Shiraz, while Bin 407 is inspired by Bin 707, being fully Cabernet Sauvignon matured in a combination of new French oak barriques and assorted American hogsheads. All of these should last 20 years at the very least, while at the same time offering sleek drinking from the very off for those who enjoy a certain richness to their wines.
Please note that there is currently no stock available