Penfolds Grange 1994 1500mL



Jeremy Oliver 95 points!

Campbell Mattinson 94-95 points!
Australia, SA, (Other)
1500mL
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"Vintage Conditions: The Barossa Valley experienced a drier than average growing season with rainfall at 83 per cent of the 10 year mean, reducing yield in a virtually disease-free season. Ripening was slow. Good sugar levels, alcohols and ripe flavours were realised. McLaren Vale had good rainfall and mild temperatures and Coonawarra had a warm, very dry autumn followed by a cool and sometimes wet summer. Dark plum with brick red rim.Rich and complex with flashes of green tea leaf and truffle, interlocked with freshly tanned leather and savoury notes, prune and stewed blueberry fruits. Enticing classy oak (cedar) elevated, yet not overstated, by smoky barrel ferment character. What is promised on the nose is delivered on the palate - an opulent, intense, hedonistic wine. Layers of massive Shiraz fruit and expertly crafted oak manifest themselves into a seemingly endless variety of flavours - deep plum, liquorice, cedar, chocolate, coffee - all compressed into a silken, round mouth feel. Forceful, ripe tannins are balanced by sheer weight of fruit. An excellent offering from an above average vintage. Peak Drinking: 2008 - 2030 Alc/Vol: 13.5%."
Notes sourced from Penfolds.
Robert Parker 91 points!
This is the first vintage where Grange went to a bottle with laser-etched identification numbers to preclude the possibility of fraudulent bottles. The wine, a blend of 89% Shiraz and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, shows some toasty oak mixed with notes of root vegetables, damp earth, blackberry liqueur, prune, and licorice. The wine is dense, full-bodied, not terribly complex in the mouth, but layered and rich. I would not be surprised to see the rating on this wine improve as this youthful Grange continues to evolve. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020.
eRobertParker(Feb 2002)
Campbell Mattinson 94-95 points!
"Come-hither you vixen! Crushed ants, coffee, blackberry " big, sweet and welcoming. That said, there's quite a deal of savoury, earthy, leathery appeal, suggesting that its future has quite a bit in store. This could be a classic Grange."
Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front August " October 2007