Bright, and noticeably fragrant, perfumed at the time of tasting, in its fifth year immediately prior to release. Racy red fruits of the Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 2009 vintage clasp onto red liquorice, aniseed aromatics. Red meats with pepper and spice, rumtopf. Patiently, panforte, mascarpone, malt, and dried fig aromatics appear in a second wave. Captivating, tempting, and alluring – yet another subtle variation on the theme/expression of this thing called Grange. Voluptuous and generous, yet poised and harmonious. Assured, and not attempting to overstate its weight, extract, presence. Immediately apparent flavours of chocolate, mocha, cola and juicy plum entwine and converge toward the panforte impression aromatically sensed earlier. Tight and defined, with excellent grip – savoury/tannic. These tannins are both integrated and balanced, colluding with 100% new oak that is all but completely absorbed.
Grange is both Penfolds and Australia’s most famous wine and is officially listed as a heritage icon of South Australia. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climate of South Australia. Penfolds Grange displays fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes in combination with new American oak. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as the most consistent of the world’s great wines. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds’ multivineyard, multi-district blending philosophy.
The Finer Details Style – Red Wine Varietal – Shiraz 98%, Cabernet 2% Vintage – 2009 Country – Australia Region – Barossa Valley Bottle Size – 750ml ABV – 14.5%