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Penfolds Grange 1996

Your Price: $475.00

Producer: Penfolds
Optimum drinking: 2018-2030
Rating: 98 - Jeremy Oliver
Grape varieties: Shiraz 94%, Cabernet Sauvignon 6%
Winemaker: John Duval
Appellation: Barossa Valley, Australia
Bottle report: Excellent condition.

Penfolds Grange is one of Australia's finest and most famous wines, officially listed as a heritage icon of South Australia: a wine of extraordinary dimension and power. Richly textured, intensely concentrated and packed with fruit sweetness.

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.

“A cracker of a Grange; full deep red with ruby edges. Perfumed, heady aromas of black and red berries of rare concentration partnered by sweet vanilla/chocolate/coconut oak and scented with cracked pepper. Succulent, sumptuous palate of wonderful concentration, length and persistence, finely and precisely structured with everything imaginable in perfect place and balance. An essay in controlled power.” Jeremy Oliver

"A massive wine, with cascades of potent plum, cherry and blackberry fruit swirling around wafts of black pepper, bay leaf and exotic spice, which last and last on the finish, hinting at smoky, meaty notes. It's all packed in tightly, suggesting this should evolve spectacularly with age!" Wine Spectator

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Penfolds Grange 1996