Penfolds Grange 1999


Jeremy Oliver 96 points!

Campbell Mattinson 96 points!

Australia, SA, (Other)
750mL
#Red  #Shiraz / Syrah  #Penfolds  #Penfolds Grange (Various Vintages)  #South Australia  #Other SA  

Details

'The 1999 vintage in South Australia was defined by generally dry and cool weather conditions during early summer, temporarily disrupted by a hot spell in late January before moderate conditions during vintage. Multi-regional sourcing and strong vineyard management resulted in parcels of fruit being harvested with hallmark fruit richness and ripe tannins. Maturation period of 17 months in new American oak. Impenetrable deep red/purple. Blackberry and blueberry fruit interwoven with perfectly tuned, malty, savoury oak, with liquorice and anise notes hovering above. Upon sitting there is a whirling aromatic shift, the wine becoming more complex, deeper, richer and darker. Layers of fruit, with blackberry and blueberry to the fore, as suggested by the nose. An underlying tarriness and new oak are seamlessly absorbed. A mass of fine grained tannins court a firm tight finish of great length. The wine possesses the essential ingredients of the marque, richness, harmony, and balance. A fitting Grange release to end the 1900's, with decades of life ahead. Alc/Vol: 14.0%.'


Campbell Mattinson 96 points!

'Milky, sweet, coffeed, really notice the oak coming through on these younger vintages. Acids and tannins not yet integrated ' but there is a hell of a lot to be impressed by here. Lovely power, lovely softness, lovely hit of savouriness, and then significant length. Similar to the 1994, but better.'
Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front August ' October 2007