The 100 Point Penfolds Grange 2008
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. Today with Peter Gago at the helm, the wine seems to be gaining more plaudits than ever before.
The newest release is the phenomenal 2008, awarded 100 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. It’s a monumental wine that will require patience. But then Grange, like La Chapelle, or La Turque, wines it is often tasted blind alongside, always does.
“Deep purple-black in color, the 2008 Grange puts forward a very complex nose packed with aromas of mulberries, layers of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon with nuances of minced meat, anise, potpourri and whiffs of dried mint and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, taut and very spicy in the mouth, it shows touches of sandalwood and Chinese five spice complementing the layers of dark fruit flavors. It is framed by firm, grainy tannins and a refreshing acid line before finishing very long with aniseed and lingering blackberry preserves notes. This is clearly a wonderfully opulent and a magic vintage for this label. Drink it from 2018 to 2035+” 100/100 Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate #205
For those wanting something a little more affordable than Grange there are three other eminently cellar worthy offerings from the Penfolds stable. Bin 707, RWT and St Henri all have their own dedicated followers and a track record for extended cellar ageing.