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2010 Penfolds Grange Reviews

2010 Penfolds Grange Reviews

Learn More About the 2010 Penfolds Grange Through its Reviews.


Penfolds Grange Reviews

100 Pointz James Suckling

“Shows super fresh and vivid blue and blackberries and a defiantly primary feel to the wine. Plenty of spice and tarry elements, too. There’s a lot to like here, barely getting started. Similar to 1990, but a notch or two superior. There’s an attractive, crisp-cut edge to the tannins, immense richness, and impressive resolve. A great Grange.”

99 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, and Magill Estate fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in color, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced - replete with fresh, vibrant, and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise, and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration, and wonderful persistence on the finish. If I have any very slight complaint of this near perfect wine it is that it seems a little too clinical and appears to speak less of the land and the heart of South Australia and more of the very skilled winemaking than did the Grange from the magical 2008 vintage.”

99 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

“This inky, embryonic wine deserves to be cellared until at least 2025 and should drink well for at least 25 years after that. It takes its time opening up in the glass to reveal notes of grilled meat, vanilla, and plum. In the mouth, it's full-bodied and firmly built, with a wall of chewy tannins surrounding a deep ripe core.”

98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Focused, elegant, powerful, and layered, with plum, currant, floral, spice, and coffee flavors that come together seamlessly and persist on the long and complex finish. Has presence and deftness in equal measure, exhibiting well-integrated tannins.”

94 Pointz Wine & Spirits

"Peter Gagois excited about the 2010 Grange, having followed it through a moderate, relatively dry growing season, the shepherding his best lots of Shiraz through the end of their fermentation and extended in new American oak hogsheads. The fruit is a blend from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley. Adelaide Hills and the Magill Estate, delivering powerful richness and deep intensity without any perception of alcohol. American oak provides and accent, dominated by the fruit concentrationthat brings it own herbal spice. The volatility that lifts that spice is a trademark of Max Schubert’s winemaking style, and adds to the detail that develops as this turns into a grand wine. More accessible than many Grange releases, this presents a sleek and sophisticated composure rather than the fireworks that often accompany a young Grange. It age beautifully.

Bonus Reviews


99 Pointz James Halliday

“The core of this wine is Barossa Valley Shiraz (85%) the remaining 15% Shiraz (and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) from the Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, and Magill Estate. In time-honored fashion, it finished its fermentation in 100% new American oak hogsheads, where it spent the next 17 months. It has exceptional hue and depth to the colour; the smoky complexity to the black fruits (no red or blue) of the bouquet also offers licorice and earth aromas; only a great Burgundy could have more nuances defined each time you revert to the bouquet. You could lose yourself, Narcissus-like, looking endlessly into the reflection of the palate; for all its power, there is not a hair out of place, the tannins outstanding. There is not the slightest question this will be one of the greatest Granges in the pantheon of '52, '55, '71, '96, and '06.”  

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

98 Pointz Decanter

“The deep spectrum of dark flavours – wild blackberry, mulberry, liquorice – speaks in an imposing baritone. The palate is rich, full and even, riding on a velvet carpet through the mid-palate, but then the curtain falls abruptly, suggesting more than its tightly wound finish currently reveals. This vintage remains a slightly impetuous youth growing into its skin, as behind the plush fruit there are tight tannins that still have a prickly edge. Let’s look again in another decade.”

19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaida Hills, McLaren Vale, Mail Esrate. 17 months in new American hogdhead. TA 6.9 g/l  3.57 pH. Perfect vintage. Lustrous, dark blackish purple. Hint of putty and real interest. Nerve. High toned note. Almost claret like with real tension. But huge complexity too. Very Exciting. Distinctive. A bit like 2004? Muscular. Drink 2022-2050.



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