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2003 Penfolds Grange Reviews

2003 Penfolds Grange Reviews

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2003 Penfolds Grange Reviews

94 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Supple, ripe, and generous with its blueberry, plum, and mocha flavors, riding easily over finely wrought tannins and extending into the long, expressive finish. Rich, complex, and evocative, this has plenty of flavor packed into a beautifully balanced package.”

93 Pointz Vinous 

“Inky purple. Seductively perfumed nose offers cassis, blueberry, cherry-cola, violet, and dried fig scents, with a suave undercurrent of smoky minerals. Deep, finely etched cherry and dark berry flavors are complicated by mocha and candied licorice, becoming riper with air. Cured meat and black cardamom notes arrive with air, adding further interest. Full, fleshy, and sweet on the impressively long finish, which is nicely braced by dusty tannins. This is more energetic than most wines from this vintage.”

93 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“The warm, dry conditions of the 2003 vintage come across in the roasted cherry flavors of this wine. Initially, there's some burn to it, like the smoke as a fire settles into glowing coals. Air brings out the beautiful, dark fruit, which reads as plump, relaxed, and silky. A relatively subtle vintage of Grange, this has the intensity and firmness to age with grace.” 

92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Penfolds- iconic 2003 Grange is Shiraz blended with 3.5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra. It was aged for 15 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up aromas of cedar, cigar box, leather, Asian spices, and blueberry. On the palate it is layered but a bit short on depth and grip with only moderate length. It will evolve for 5-7 years and drink well from 2014 to 2030.”

Bonus Reviews


95 Pointz James Halliday

“Deep and bright colour; 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.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

19 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

Dark crimson. Heady sweetness on the nose and then very cool on the palate-really tight and fairly tough at this stage. Dry finish. No sign of obvious syrup and alcohol that usually characterises Grange for me at all! Very introvert at this stage. Presumably quite a deliberate attempt to counteract this vintage’s reputation for extreme head and alcohol. I remember tasting young Grange in the late 80’s and the brilliant pink/purple would stain the inside of the glass the way that it does with young vintage port. Not so this wine. When I went back to it a second time the wine, admittedly in a pretty empty bottle had opened out considerably to show a much more complex bouquet than any of the other than any of the other wines here. Very, very well-integrated oak, wonderfully rich, flattering fruit caresses the front palate and the tarry notes bite on the finish. There is the merest hint of heat on the finish. But again, Grange  has made this beautifully. Maybe the tannins are little drying on the finish, and the vintage’s reputation is unlikely to make this one of the salesroom classics, but is difficult to see how a better Grange could have been made in 2003. 14.5% alcohol. 

BottlzNote: This review was edited as it does reference other wines.



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