Penfolds Grange 1998 1500mL


Robert Parker 99 points!

Jeremy Oliver 97 points!
Campbell Mattinson 98 points!
Australia, SA, (Other)
1500mL
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Campbell Mattinson 98 points!
Robert Parker 99 points!
'The 1998 Grange will be legendary. A blend of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, it tips the scales at a whopping 14.5% alcohol. The inky/purple color is followed by an extraordinarily intense nose of creme de cassis intermixed with blueberry and floral notes. As the wine sits in the glass, aromas of meat, plums, and cola also emerge. It is a seamless effort with sweet tannin, well-integrated acidity, sensational extract, and layer upon layer of blackberry and cassis fruit that stain the palate and fill the mouth. Its harmony, freshness, and remarkable length (the finish lasts nearly a minute) suggest an all-time classic. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030.'
Wine Advocate #148 (Aug 2003) Robert Parker
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'Once again this top of the tree wine proves it to be worth every penny of it. Penfolds simply understands what to do with shiraz. It is very big, very powerful, very concentrated and stuffed with an incredible amount of fruit - liquorice, pepper, spice.'
International Wine Challenge Gold 2003
Wine Spectator 99 points!'It's always satisfying when the wines with great reputations prove their worth in blind tastings. Everyone knows that Penfolds Grange is Australia's premier red, but when it scores 99 points in a blind tasting in a flight of its peers, it proves that the lofty reputation is earned, not simply a historical artifact...'
Wine Spectator, New York, NY - U.S., 22 May 2003
'As if wine collectors weren't already falling over themselves to get precious bottles of Australia's most fabled wine, along comes a vintage like this that will only make it tougher on those seeking it and more rewarding for those who have it. It's an astonishing wine, utterly seamless, maybe the best Grange yet. Powerful, aristocratic and impressive in the way it gathers up its flavors and lets them hang on and on while the finish lingers. The range starts with black cherry, blackberry, exotic spice and mineral, and moves on to dark licorice, pepper and subtle gamey notes. Then it all comes together and picks up speed on the finish. Best after 2007.'
Wine Spectator, New York, NY - U.S., 22 May 2003
'Penfolds Grange Shiraz 1998, South Australia. Powerful, aristocratic and impressive in the way it gathers up its flavors and lets them hang on and on. The range starts with black cherry, blackberry, exotic spice and mineral, and moves on to dark licorice, pepper and subtle gamy notes. Then it all comes together and picks up speed on the lingering finish. An astonishing wine.'
Wine Spectator, New York, NY - U.S., 15 September 2003
'The champ is Penfolds Grange 1998 (99 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale), an astonishing wine that gathers up its rich flavors and seems to suspend them in mid-air forever.'
Wine Spectator, New York, NY - U.S., 30 September 2003
'Powerful and unexpectedly refined, with black cherry, blackberry, exotic spice, mineral, pepper and gamy notes.'
Wine Spectator - Australia, 14 October 2003
'Oak plays a distinguishing role in several high-end wines made by Penfolds. Grange, arguably Australia's icon wine, has used American oak since Max Schubert made the first experimental vintage. 1998 is powerful, exotic and aristocratic.' 99 points.
Wine Spectator - U.S., 15 December 2003
'Penfolds Grange Shiraz South Australia 1998. This is a Grange not to be missed. Powerful yet comfortable in its youth, it has a bundle of flavors to share, from blackberry and black cherry to spice, chocolate, mineral, licorice and oak.' 99 points.
Wine Spectator, New York, NY - U.S., 15 January 2004