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Penfolds Grange Reviews


Penfolds Grange Reviews






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2009 Penfolds Grange Reviews



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“At this youthful stage, this deep garnet-purple colored wine puts forward a vivid expression of blackberry preserve aromas amid underlying cassis, black cherry, spice box, char-grilled meat, and chocolate box notes. Surprisingly medium to full-bodied (it smells much fuller!) with taut flavors that are very closed in the mouth, it has firm, chewy tannins to structure through the long and earthy finish. 406 cases imported to the US.”



95 Pointz James Suckling


“A tiny 2% Cabernet component in 2009, this is sourced from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, and Magill Estate and has spent 18 months in exclusively new American oak hogsheads. The depth and complexity on offer is straight up impressive, blue and black fruit aromas unwind, meaty at times, some dark green herbal notes and a cedary layer of oak lurking below. The palate has a core of essence-like flavour with plenty of oak-derived spice framed around blackberry, blood plum, and cola. Tannins are smooth and even, flavours are gently glazed around the dark fruit spectrum, some blue fruits too. This is a wistful Grange that, as always, faithfully reflects the vintage.”



95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection 


“Huge dill and vanilla aromas wrap around intense mixed-berry fruit, ending on notes of espresso and dark chocolate. It’s full bodied and richly textured, but perhaps a bit coarse as well. This may not be the biggest, baddest or longest-lived Grange, but it maintains the Grange standard of excellence.”



94 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Inky ruby. Intense spice- and mineral-accented aromas of cherry pit, blackberry, and plum, with smoke and floral qualities adding complexity. Taut and linear on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering zesty dark fruit and violet pastille flavors and hints of licorice and vanilla. Finishes smoky, spicy, and very long, with youthfully firm, building tannins adding grip. In a relatively taut, wound-up style for this wine; by all means give it some age.”



94 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles


Aromatically pure, with beautiful focus to the blueberry, black currant, espresso, and cream character. In the mouth this sprouts prickly tannins and picks up a distinct tomato leaf note that sends the wine in a different direction. This has depth, length, and plenty of ripeness without excess weight, but lacks the complete harmony of the best vintages.”

 


93 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“This vintage is predominantly Shiraz, with two percent Cabernet Sauvignon; the fruit comes from estate vineyards and Grange growers in Barossa, McLaren Vale, Clare and Penfolds’ original site at Magill. It has the blast of intensity in the initial scent that announces Grange, its explosive power continuing in the mouth, where the wine feels centered, the fruit finely ripened, the grape skin tannins integrating new oak into a scent of Indian spice. Dynamic and balanced to age for decades.”



Bonus Reviews

Australia



97 Pointz James Halliday


“From the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, and Magill Estate, 98% shiraz and 2% cabernet sauvignon; it finished its fermentation in 100% new American oak hogsheads and was matured therein for 18 months. Peter Gago has commented it is not as 'Barossa-ish' as the '08, and it's true the bouquet has fragrant sweet and savoury spices, the palate with licorice and black fruits, oak riding high, but guaranteed to be relegated to second place as the wine comes into balance around '30.” 



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



18.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Dark, blackish crimson. Savoury, leathery notes on the nose and then very appealing sweetness (much more so than the 1999) on the palate. Long and liquorice. Real energy. Plus sweet charm. Count me in for this one! Though perhaps it won’t last as long as some? A charmer rather than a bodybuilder.”




2008 Penfolds Grange Reviews



100 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Very deep garnet-purple in color the 2008 Grange reveals a truly decadent nose with tons of spices, fruit cake, and black & blue fruit compote notes along with nuances of chocolate and potpourri. The full and rich, multi-layered palate has a little oak still showing, it is going through a little bit of a structural stand-out stage, but it doesn't detract on the long and complex finish. It still needs a good few years to develop, though this very opulent, expressive Grange shows the very best of this vintage and the vineyards it hails from.”



100 Pointz Wine Spectator


“An utterly majestic Shiraz, sleek and seamless, brimming with ripeness on a framework that allows for grace and expressiveness in equal measure. The intensity of fresh blueberry and plum fruit holds attention until the nuances kick in, offering glints of exotic spice, coffee, cocoa, bay leaf, and mint. Shows tremendous presence without a lot of weight, the tannins present but not even close to getting in the way. A great wine now, with plenty of room to grow.”



98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“This has all the size and weight you’ve come to expect from Australia’s most famous wine. Huge fruit and huge oak combine in a full-bodied, richly textured package that delivers waves of toasted coconut, vanilla, and intense dark berries yet remains embryonic more than five years after the harvest. That said, the texture isn’t quite as tight or as fine as some other vintages—expect this to be early maturing by Grange standards, and best from 2020–2040.”



96 Pointz Vinous


“Inky purple. Intensely perfumed, expressive aromas of dark berry preserves, bitter chocolate, fruitcake and smoked meat, with a spicy topnote. Sweet, palate-staining blackberry, vanilla and dark chocolate flavors are sharpened and lifted by juicy acidity and show superb delineation and back-end power. Supple tannins come on late and give grip to a sweet, impressively persistent finish with grace notes of floral pastille and allspice. While this wine will no doubt age with ease, I find it almost shockingly approachable now.”



96 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Glistening with freshness, Grange shows none of the extreme heat that hit the Barossa in early March 2008. Peter Gago and his team harvested enough of their Grange-level fruit early and fully ripe to achieve this multidimensional wine, as deep in color, as dynamic in flavor, and as luscious as any top vintage of Grange in its layers of silken red berries, satin-textured blueberries, and crushed-rock tannins. The wine is not heavy, just powerful; you can breathe the flavors for minutes after each sip. Perfect ripeness will hold this fresh in the cellar for decades.”



95 Pointz James Suckling


“A layered and intense red with superb depth and fruit. Full body, wonderful depth, and texture with a plush velvety mouthfeel. Flavorful finish.”



Bonus Reviews

Australia



98 Pointz James Halliday


“Densely coloured, it has an ultra-complex bouquet, with black fruits/anise/licorice, easily dealing with the oak; a remarkable wine in every way. The balance, texture, and structure are faultless, so much so that the wine achieves elegance now, many years before you would expect that quality to be commented on.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson


“Coffee, chocolate, stunningly pure beautiful fruit under a velvet dark cape of tannins. Smoky thyme, sage, and game, and silk. As sleek as a racehorse. Rippling with muscle and tightly reined-in power. This is magnificent. Almost overwhelmingly so. It strides above you: the Colossus of the wine world?”




2007 Penfolds Grange Reviews




97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“This is dark and concentrated, as you might expect from Australia's most heralded wine. Oaky scents of maple syrup and vanilla frame hints of mint and superintense dark fruit. On the palate, it's a huge, tannic behemoth that needs 10 years of cellaring, but it delivers plenty of pleasure now in its ultraclean flavors of blackberries, baking spices,, and vanilla.”



95 Pointz Vinous


“Opaque ruby. A heady, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes cherry compote, cassis, violet, pipe tobacco, and smoky, vanillin oak. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors show liqueur-like power, with floral pastille, licorice, and spicecake nuances building in the glass. Tannins come up with air but are quickly absorbed by this wine's lush fruit. Smoky and sweet on the finish, which lingers with outstanding persistence.”



95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2007 Penfolds Grange is composed of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon coming predominately from Barossa vineyards with smaller proportions from Magill Estate and McLaren Vale.  It was matured for 21 months in 100% new American hogsheads.  Very deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is intensely scented of vibrant blueberry preserve, mulberry, and kirsch aromas over hints of cedar, mocha, vanilla, and anise. The full-bodied palate is richly fruited with pure blackberry and baking spice flavors offset by crisp acidity and a firm level of velvety tannins, finishing long. This is quite an opulent Grange, which is very tempting to drink now, though of course will reward at least 5-10 years of cellaring and should keep to 2030+.”



94 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Ripe and inviting, with the richness and expansiveness to support the juicy plum, currant, blackberry, pepper, and licorice flavors stylishly, lingering expressively on the focused finish.”



93 Pointz Wine & Spirits



“From a hot vintage with little winter rainfall to ameliorate the drought conditions, the 2007 Grange has plummy sweetness and touches of fruitcake that show the season. It’s a wine that delivers its power with gentleness, with an intriguing mineral aspect to the tannins and some tartness to the cherry fruit that sustains a sense of freshness in the midst of the wild ripeness. An impressive performance and a formidable wine in a challenging year.



Bonus Reviews

Australia


95 Pointz James Halliday


“Full crimson, with a purple rim; a 98/2% blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon that exudes power and authority; the bouquet is already complex, the American oak making an impact as it always does when Grange is in its youth, the palate with multiple layers of predominantly black fruits; the tannins, like the oak, need to soften, and should do so well before the fruit starts to fade. Follows the Grange pattern, with 21 months in the 100% new American oak in which it finished its fermentation.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


18.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Very dark crimson. Sweet and rich. Sweet fermented digestive-biscuit sort of flavours. Rich and spicy. Hint of animal. Lots of dustiness but masses of pleasure too. Very long. Lots of acidity.”





2006 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

Australia


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.”



2005 Penfolds Grange Reviews



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Containing just a dollop of 4.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Grange is about 85%+ Barossa fruit with the remaining proportions coming from McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. It was aged for 18 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. The nose begins a bit animal with some smoked game, mincemeat,, and bacon notes emerging over the freshly crushed, sun-warmed blackberries, black currant cordial, earth, black truffles, anise,, and allspice. Rich and full with very firm very fine tannins and very crisp acid, it gives a long finish layered with coffee, mincemeat, and toast. Drink it 2013 to 2025+.”



97 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles


Supple, refined, and focused, this is generous with its ripe currant, blackberry jam, and fresh cherry flavors playing against grace notes of coffee, tar, white pepper, and molasses. The finish keeps hovering and gets richer with each sip. Lip-smackingly good. Best after 2014.”




91 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“There's fresh fruit at the core of this wine, bringing Maine blueberries to mind. But there's also a lot of hyperripe character and new oak, along with the Penfolds touch of volatility. It seems Porty when first opened, and it isn't until a day later that the wine opens up and sails. The thickness dissipates and the space between the tannins widens, allowing fennel, fresh blackberry, and blueberry flavors to come to the fore. The iron-mineral tannin seems interchangeable with the wine's meaty impression, slowly revealing the soils of Barossa. This will take ten years or more to show its strengths.”



Bonus Reviews

Australia


96 Pointz James Halliday


“Protocol prevented me retasting this wine prior to its release date of 1 May '10, notwithstanding that no one will have read these words prior to the release of this book in late July '10. So this is my tasting note from the Rewards of Patience Tasting held in Sept '07. Colour little different to the '04; tighter, more compact than the '04, yet the fruit line is glossy and smooth, the tannins (and acidity) acting as the brake and giving tightness. These are a different pair, and it will be fascinating to watch their development.”






2004 Penfolds Grange Reviews



99 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate



“The 2004 vintage was outstanding in Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Magill, the regions where the grapes were sourced for the marvelous 2004 Grange. It contains 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 16 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays a superb nose of wood smoke, Asian spices, incense, game, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Medium to full-bodied, satin textured, with deeply layered, succulent blackberry, plum, and chocolate flavors, it has the structure and complexity to merit extended cellaring of a decade and more. The winery estimates a drinking curve of 2016 to 2050; I'd be a bit more conservative on the long end of the range. It will ultimately be seen as one of the great vintages of Grange.”


98 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles


“Smooth and seductive, this delivers a full-throated chorus of currant, plum, blackberry, and spice flavors, hinting at coffee and cardamom as the finish floats and sails easily over a bed of polished, refined tannins. A touch of black olive balances nicely against it all. Beautifully structured, expressive, and very long.”


97 Pointz James Suckling


“This has a spicy nose with intense blackberry, cedar, and strong, savory, Barossa-driven, tarry accents. The palate has a bold core of ripe blackberries and blueberries with mocha and sweetly ripe tannins that fan out long, plush, and full. In a good place and still very young.”


96 Pointz Vinous


“Powerful aromas of cassis, blackberry, and bitter cherry are complemented by exotic notes of smoky peat, pipe tobacco, violet oil, and fresh blood. Deeply concentrated cherry skin and blackcurrant flavors are underscored by a strong mineral quality, with a sexy floral element gaining strength with air. The minerality builds on the finish, which leaves a wide swath of spice and earth notes in its wake. This wine's marriage of depth, spiciness, fruit, meatiness, and minerality is extremely impressive.”


96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“A throwback to the monster Shiraz style of old, with loads of toasty, vanilla-laden oak, meaty nuances, and driving, intense boysenberry fruit, the 2004 Grange should prove tremendously long-lived.”


Bonus Reviews

Australia



98 Pointz James Halliday


“Saturated purple-crimson colour; has an amazing depth to the bouquet, oak, and black fruits already seamlessly woven; the longer you spend inhaling the aromas, the more you learn about the wine within, in much the same way as a Grand Cru red burgundy. The palate delivers all that the bouquet promises, and then some; it has absolutely perfect proportions to the river of flavours running through blackberry, Satsuma plum, licorice, and spice; the tannins are quite active, but totally balanced and ripe.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



97 Pointz Decanter


“It may only have 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, but the bouquet is defined by the heady waft of its fresh, leafy exuberance. The palate still shows a lively riot of blackberry and mulberry wrestling with liquorice and wild sage, but it glides on a carpet of silk, despite the sustained concentrated power of the fruit. Poise and purpose unite to ensure an impossibly long sustained final note.”



19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Wow – such a big jump up from the 2005, with stunning blue fruit, firm tannins, super-sweet spice and awesome persistence. This is Grange in all its pomp, and it is only just now starting to exhibit complexity – meat, chocolate, tar, earth. One of the greats.”






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

Australia

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 to reference to other wines.




2002 Penfolds Grange Reviews


98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Deep garnet with a touch of brick, the 2002 Grange is locked in a time capsule, like many of the 2002s, yielding a very youthful nose of red currants and red cherries, kirsch, and violets with some lovely exotic spices in the background. Quite perfumed and pretty in terms of fruit expression in the mouth, the structure is rock solid, with a lively backbone cutting through the muscular fruit and great purity to the finish. If you're looking for that real 'Grange' experience, best to keep cellaring it another 5-10+ years.”


95 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“The summer of 2002 was one of the coldest on record, the autumn warm and dry: The season clearly branded this vintage of Grange with beautiful cool fruit and extremely long flavors. The fireworks that Grange can produce are subtle in '02, exploding out in all directions while leaving a sense of elegance. Its power continues to build over the course of several days, almost electric with coffee, mocha, plum, and red berry flavors. A graceful Grange? Yes, and sure to be long-lived as well.”



95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

“The bulk of this year's Grange (77.5%) is from Barossa, with the remainder coming from McLaren Vale. It starts off with scents of maple syrup and lightly caramelized blackberries, plums, and a hint of mocha, while on the palate it turns rich and creamy in texture with the bold fruit underscored by vanilla. There's plenty of power here, but it's restrained and tight. Give it until 2015 or so, after which it should last two decades or more.”



95 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles

“Lithe, almost subtle, this is a dense, powerful wine that plays its plum and currant fruit against deft nuances of pepper, coffee, and sassafras. Finishes with vibrant acidity that elevates the fruit and spice. A graceful wine that needs cellaring to grow into itself.”


94 Pointz Vinous

“Ruby-red. Initially closed on the nose but aeration brings a complicated bouquet of raspberry, wild strawberry, creme de mure, sexy oak spices, woodsmoke, tobacco, vanilla, and fresh flowers. A deep, sweet but precise midweight, with energetic flavors of red and dark berries, cherry compote, cinnamon, mocha, and smoked meat, all wrapped in substantial but silky tannins. Sappy and expansive on the impressively long, velvety finish. You'd be nuts to open this any time soon.”



Bonus Reviews

Australia

97 Pointz James Halliday

“As hoped and expected; beautiful colour; a wonderful bouquet, with black fruits of various kinds the engine, oak in tow. Impeccable texture and balance in the mouth; again, a wonderful array of seamless blackberry, licorice, and high-quality oak; destined to become recognised as one of the great Granges.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

17.5+/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Deep smudgy garnet and slightly minty on the nose. But also lots of sweet oak spice. Rich and ripe and very full in the mouth. Velvety deep-pile tannins.”




2001 Penfolds Grange Reviews


98 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“It is always a treat to taste Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds’ Grange cuvee (the word Hermitage has been dropped because of legal issues). The 2001 Grange is one of the few vintages of this cuvee to be composed of 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, and 2000). Aged 17 months in 100% American oak, and tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, the 2001 is undeniably one of the top examples of this wine. At this stage, it appears to eclipse the 1998 and 1996. Inky/blue/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, graphite, and earth, it boasts good acidity, huge tannins, magnificent concentration, and a multilayered, textured mouthfeel. It is a big, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz that should shed some of its structure and tannin over the next 4-5 years, and be at its best between 2010-2030+.”




96 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“Grange is often an explosion on release, and this '01 does not want for intensity. This vintage is unusual, as it's all from Barossa fruit; what's more unusual is that its subtlety and grace make it surprisingly approachable as a young wine. The power of old-vine fruit is there in the color, black and concentrated at the core, deep red at the edge. It's also there in the complex aromatics, layered in earthy tannins. Those beautiful tannins drive the wine, releasing a quiet blast of black fruit that evolves for over a minute as it lasts past each taste. The wine just doesn't let go, and is as mouthwatering as the sizzle on a steak. Grange will often thrive for 20 years from the vintage, the best vintages lasting longer.”


94 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

“Inky violet with a bright rim. Explosive and utterly captivating on the nose, offering a range of aromas that encompasses red and darker berries, flowers, cigar box, minerals, and sexy oak spices. Quite broad on the palate, and packing a real punch to its flavors of cassis, boysenberry, candied plum, bitter chocolate, and fruitcake. Serious, harmonious tannins give plenty of structural support. This expands and grows even sweeter with aeration, finishing with outstanding persistence. Oak spices add sex appeal. A superb Grange.”


93 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“Not great by GRange standards but still a fabulous wine, the 2001 boasts an intoxicating, heady bouquet of rich chocolate coconut. It follows that up with deep plummy fruit that’s full-bodied and lush yet quite tannic, promising decades of ageability. Despite the dark chocolate and plum flavors, the wine is still fresh, with a long finish. Drink 2010-2025.”



93 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Deep, rich, and concentrated, this one has a gamey note that sneaks through blackberry, plum, and licorice flavors, hinting at coffee, dark chocolate, and spice as the finish lingers beautifully. Grippy tannins keep it from taking off. Not as harmonious and complete as other vintages, but its a solid Grange. Best after 2009. 2000 cases imported.”



Bonus Reviews

Australia


96 Pointz James Halliday

“It is extraordinary how this wine has gained power, weight, and complexity since first bottled; now majestic black fruits, licorice, and chocolate/mocha notes run through the palate. Great tannins sustain and support the back palate and finish. Please move to screwcaps; this wine would live forever.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


17.5+/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine

“Extremely dense and luminous to look at. A particularly warm summer produced this exotic cocktail. Rich, sweet with sufficient acidity, but this is decidedly embryonic with what is still a pretty dry finish. Forget it for a while.”







2000 Penfolds Grange Reviews


93 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

“Penfolds' renowned 2000 Grange is only the fifth vintage to be made from 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, and 1999). It is also, atypically, 100% Barossa fruit. While it is not considered to be one of the great Granges, the 2000 exhibits outstanding potential, and is much more accessible than usual. One of the top wines I tasted from this vintage (which has had to take a back seat to subsequent years), its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet nose of blackberries, cherries, chocolate, and earth. With decent acidity, ripe, silky tannin, superb intensity, wonderful equilibrium, and a more open-knit, softer, accessible style than usual, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15-16 years. While this is no wimpy wine, it is an ideal example for readers who are unwilling to invest the patience required for the big, blockbuster Granges.”


93 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“Penfolds pulled off a meaty vintage of Grange in 2000: 100 percent Shiraz from Barossa Valley. The year was marked by an extremely hot, dry spell from January until March, and the resulting wine is so dense with extract that the stony tannin doesn't mitigate the thickness until tasted again a day later. By then, air has brought up the exotic spice of the tannin, and given a mineral lift to the dark, resinous fruit. This will need years to sort itself out, but it looks to be a sleek vintage of Grange when it does, probably by 2010 or '12.”


90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“The nose offers date and cassis notes, while the palate deals more cassis, plus raspberry, earth, and oak as it opens. Its flavors are juicy, and its tannins, delicate and textured (one reviewer actually likened it to a Rhône wine). Not as full, powerful or overwhelming as the wine can be, but enjoyable nonetheless.”


89 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This is not a bad wine but it’s a disappointment for the legendary Grange. Firm and chewy, it should soften with time, but it has a strong gamey not running through the earthy, spicy finish and falls way short on fruit character. Best after 2008.”


Bonus Reviews

Australia

96 Pointz James Halliday

“Good depth to the colour; seamless blackberry fruit and vanilla/cedar oak; abundant power and concentration; sultry blackberry, dark chocolate, and spice; persistent but balanced tannins. Exceptional outcome for an ordinary vintage; obviously strict selection criteria used. Stained cork broke on extraction.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

96 Pointz Decanter

“I had both the 2000 and 1994 of Grange last year - this one in New York at a wonderful dinner at Vaucluse, and the other at home with friends. Both were incredible, but I picked this because I love it when the less celebrated vintages deliver so strongly. This is Shiraz (although sorry, I will always prefer saying Syrah) at its finest; densely coloured, dripping in chocolate and damson, pure and intense but open and ready to drink. Confident, but full of emotion.”



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