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Penfolds, Grange 1986

Your Price: $575.00
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Producer: Penfolds
Optimum drinking: 2013-2020
Rating: 99 - eRobertParker.com
Grape varieties: Shiraz 87%, Cabernet Sauvignon 13%
Appellation: Barossa Valley, Australia

Penfold's Grange 1986 is one of the finest ever Penfolds produced.

Penfolds was founded by an English doctor (Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold), who began making fortified wine for his parents because of his perceived medicinal value. Penfold's ethos continued until the 1950s when Jeffrey Penfold tasked winemaker Max Schubert to cater for changing consumer tastes. Almost single-handedly Schubert lifted Australia's wine industry out of mediocrity, primarily through the revolutionary Grange Hermitage, and has arguably been the most influential figure in the modern Australian wine industry.

“One of my favorite wines from Penfolds, the 1986 is one of the most powerful Granges produced. Inky/purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of sweet licorice, crushed pepper, blackberry liqueur, camphor, and barbecue spices, this sensationally full-bodied, concentrated, layered 1986 is still an infant in terms of its ultimate potential. It is remarkable how this wine has aged. The 1986 is one of the greatest Granges for my palate.” eRobertParker.com

 “Approaching full maturity, this has developed into a huge mouthful of cherry, raspberry, plum, prune, anise and mineral flavors that keep expanding on the palate. Sensational now, but still has room to grow.” Wine Spectator