Penfolds Grange 2006



eRobertParker.com 98 Points!
Tyson Stelzer 99 Points!
Nick Stock 98 points!
Campbell Mattinson 97 Points!
Huon Hooke 97 Points!

Australia, SA, (Other)
750mL
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eRobertParker.com 98 Points!
"Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, it's still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com #199 Feb 2012
Tyson Stelzer 99 Points!
"06 takes the energy and vitality of 02 and the opulence and stamina of 04 and finds a middle ground, in a ravishing state of contentedness. This is Barossa shiraz, sufficient to be labelled as such, with tiny quantities of Coonawarra and Magill and just 2% cabernet. Intricately tweaked pressings make the style more approachable, but seemingly none of its legendary longevity has been sacrificed. A marvel of flavour engineering, throbbing with satsuma plum skin, black pastilles, liquorice, coal, black olives, iodine and exotic spice. Immense, nutty oak lurks behind the fruit at every moment like a dark shadow. Seamless, impeccably refined tannins rise like a tsunami. Controlled, focused and honed; another heroic Grange has ascended to the lineage of legends."
Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste 11, Apr 2011
Nick Stock 98 points!
"Holy cow Batman - this is one hell of a wine! Liquorice, plums, coffee, blackberries, tar and assertive new oak - will need a lot of time to open. A show-stopper!"
Nick Stock, Wine100, June 2011
Campbell Mattinson 97 Points!
"This year's release is made from grapes grown mostly in the Barossa Valley (shiraz), though there is a small amount of shiraz from Magill Estate in Adelaide included in the final wine, and two percent cabernet sauvignon from Coonawarra. As always, it's matured in 100 percent new American oak. This year's Grange is a wine with a huge, clean, cutting right hook of flavour as you swallow.

It's not a massive release but the ropes of flavour-drenched tannin on the finish pull it on and on. This precision engineering through the finish marks its intense quality. It tastes of blackberry and aniseed, nutmeg and smoky vanilla. It's quite delicious, and yet there's no question that it's powerfully wrought. It's not a particularly heralded vintage, in general terms, but the way this release presents in the glass is, to me, what Grange is all about. Impeccable winemaking, pure fruit, clasps of uncompromising tannin, smokin' barrels, and thrust. It will live for a very long time, because it's so well designed, and because it does its thing so well."
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Apr 2011