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2006 Penfolds Grange Reviews

2006 Penfolds Grange Reviews

Learn More About the 2006 Penfolds Grange Through its Reviews.


Penfolds Grange Reviews

98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, it’s still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee, and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives, and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full-bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex, and layered with the cedar poking through the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+.”

98 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Beautifully aromatic, with scents of blueberry, plum, cherry, coffee, and toasted walnut rising from the glass with intensity. After a hit of tannins the rich, focused fruit flavors take over, showing glints of pepper, mint, and cocoa and lingering effortlessly. Best from 2016 through 2030.”

96 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck

“Containing 98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 100% new American oak hogsheads for 18 months, the 2006 Penfolds Grange is tightly wound and dense, possessing a core of smoky black fruits, lots of oak, espresso roast, dried spice, and mineral characteristics on both the nose and palate. Powerful, rich, and beautifully balanced on the palate, with a serious, concentrated, medium to full-bodied  feel, crisp acids, and a very long, tannic, and structured finish, this age-worthy beauty needs a solid 5-8 years in the cellar to fully integrate its components, and should have a very long drink window.”

94 Pointz Vinous

“Deep ruby. Highly aromatic nose offers black raspberry, cherry pit, potpourri, and minerals. Dense, lush, and sweet but very energetic, offering spicy red and dark berry, dark chocolate, rose pastille, and licorice flavors complemented by spicy, sweet oak. Shows bitter chocolate and cherry-cola nuances on the extremely persistent, spice-accented finish. This should be approachable on the young side.”

94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

“Not quite the massive monster that is the 2004 Grange, the 2006 is still no shrinking violet. It’s full-bodied, muscular, and extracted, and while the flavors veer toward espresso and dark chocolate, there’s also a ribbon of raspberry fruit running through the wine from start to long, dusty finish.” 

93 Pointz James Suckling

“A balanced and intense red, with sliced meat, blackberries, and spices. Full body, with silky and refine tannins and hints of new wood. Sweet tobacco and plums. A little shy now. Give it three to four years.”

Bonus Reviews


98 Pointz James Halliday

“Deep crimson; its bouquet has a strikingly complex array of black characters that run all the way from the first whiff to the finish and aftertaste: licorice, tar, bitter chocolate, blackberry, prune, and plum. The tannins are prominent, and play their part with each successive sip of the steadily building impact on the very long palate, but they are in balance with the fruit and oak of an extremely powerful Grange.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“A rather appetising note of austerity (surely Cabernet?) on the nose. Very impressive but very youthful. Not sweet but lovely balance and light dustiness. Great energy. But perhaps an atypical Grange? More austere than usual.”



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