Penfolds Grange 1996 1500mL


Robert Parker 93 points!
Jeremy Oliver Rating 98!

Campbell Mattinson 98 points!
Australia, SA, (Other)
1500mL
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"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' multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy. Packaged in laser-etched bottles with identification numbers since the 1994 vintage. Regional Source: Sourced from Kalimna in the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide (Magill) and Padthaway in South Australia. Vintage Conditions: An exceptional vintage in both quality and quantity. Good winter rain was followed by generally warm to mild and dry conditions throughout South Australia. Vintage was orderly and there was little or no disease. Vibrant plum red. A fusion of cinnamon and mixed spices with blackcurrant, blueberry and boysenberry fruit; savoury, underlying aromas of earth, cold tea and roast chestnuts plus barrel-ferment richness. Archetypal young Grange with concentration, balance and powerful berry fruit flavours, with blueberry at the core. Tight and structured, although the thick, ripe tannins are shrouded beneath a veil of opulent fruit. Excellent length and persistence of flavour and masterful handling of oak. A very fine Grange that will confidently sit alongside the great 1990. Best Drinking: 2010 - 2030 Alc/Vol: 14.0%."
Notes sourced from Penfolds.
Robert Parker 91 points!
"This dark purple-colored wine exhibits notes of sweet plum, blackberry, and cassis intermixed with some licorice, chocolate, and espresso. It is a blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon that tips the scales at 14+% alcohol. The wine is layered, unctuously textured, full-bodied with tremendous intensity, moderately high tannin, and a 40-second finish. The wine needs a good 4-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025. This Grange should ultimately merit a higher score when it is closer to its plateau of drinkability."
eRobertParker Only (Feb 2002) Robert Parker 93 points
Campbell Mattinson 98 points!
"Shows the 1995 the way. Lots of coffeed oak, arguably in the same vein as the 1995, but with fruit brightens rippling through it, lifting the wine as it does to significant heights. Tannins on this wine have always been perfect, and they still are. Great Grange. Give it another 20 years."
Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front August " October 2007