Penfolds Grange 2002

Wine Advocate 98 points!
Jeremy Oliver 97 points!
Campbell Mattinson 94-95 points!

Australia, SA, (Other)
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Wine Advocate 98 points!
"Last but not least is Australia's most famous wine, the 2002 Shiraz "Grange". The 2002 version was sourced from 77.5% Barossa Valley and 22.5% from McLaren Vale. Included in the blend is 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent 17 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple, it gives off an ethereal bouquet of violets, saddle leather, blueberry, blackberry, pencil lead, and chocolate. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and great balance. Thick and rich, with a 60-second finish, it will slowly blossom over the next 15-20 years and provide pleasure through 2050. It is a legend in the making! Penfolds, arguably Australia's most famous winery, continues to perform at a high level under the leadership of Head Winemaker, Peter Gago."
Wine Advocate #173 Oct 2007
Praise is already being bestowed on the new vintage of Penfolds' premium shiraz, Grange. Of course little is needed to be said, after all it is Grange! The benchmark for Australian Shiraz, Grange, has its imitators and competitors but none can match the legacy or public recognition of this wine. The 2002 vintage is already regarded as one of the best years. This vintage had long ripening periods which allowed full flavour extraction on the vine and thus richer, unabated, fruit characters could make their way into the bottle. In all honesty, tasting notes are irrelevant for the 2002 Grange at this stage in its life, as it needs at least 10 years in the bottle before the concentrated oak and fruit start to relax and then another 10 years will help the wine soften into the exquisite and seamless drink that makes it so highly coveted. It is, after all, Grange.
Notes sourced from Penfolds
Campbell Mattinson 94-95 points!
"Porty blackberry, really pushing the fruit envelope here. Lovely curves of tannin though, holding it in excellent shape. Tuck the tummy in boy! Coal, blackberry, brandy. Way young."
Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front August " October 2007