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| ||Tasted by AllRed on 3/14/2015 & rated 93 points: Popped & poured by TLV. Fairly dark core, maybe a bit of bricking at the meniscus, but not much. Opens with a Lipton onion soup mix note which quickly blows off revealing violets, blueberry, lavender and mint. The palate shows a nice mix of red and black fruit along with sweet herbs and florals. Lengthy finish. With air, eucalyptus and floral notes dominate. The fruit on the palate becomes more dark and slightly ripe- there's a hint of raisin. Thanks for sharing, TLV. (599 views)|
| ||Tasted by thelostverse on 3/14/2015 & rated 94 points: Sent an email to Penfolds asking their advice on decanting this wine. They said to pop and pour. I did. I should have at least opened a bit early, as this improved through the course of the night. Eventually showing black fruits with some violet and florals. Lovely mouthfeel and finish. (612 views)|
| ||Tasted by Vino Me on 3/13/2015 & rated 94 points: Opened by LostVerse. First made in 1951. Primarily Shiraz with less than 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Paired with beef wellington. Solid red color. Herbal nose. Good core of fruit with currant, blackberries and forest floor. Integrated tannins. Drinking well. 94-95 points. (791 views)|
| ||Tasted by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 4/5/2014 & rated 95 points: Popped and poured. Similar to the 1986 in flavor. Cranberries, raspberries and blackberries. Longish tail. Alcoholic in nature. Slightly spicier than the 1986. Peaking now. Mellow flavor, and not a fruit bomb like the 90s vintages we had the same night. (2174 views)|
| ||Tasted by cab blends on 5/1/2013 & rated 91 points: Hearts Delight Collectors Dinner: Drank this with Daryl the wine maker (3359 views)|
| ||Tasted by rgrosz6 on 12/25/2012 & rated 95 points: The only Grange I ever tasted, and I am very impressed. Surprisingly intense and powerful, with a beautiful nose of dark fruits. Great tasting wine, nicely balanced with black fruits, spice and a long aftertaste. Slight tinge of brown color is only sign of age. (3064 views)|
| ||Tasted by dmaywood on 1/11/2012 & rated 99 points: One of the best bottles of wine I have ever tasted (4802 views)|
| ||Tasted by Al2o4 on 7/31/2011 & rated 92 points: Cherie taste (4614 views)|
| ||Tasted by depdoc on 3/24/2011 & rated 94 points: Intense aromas of dark fruit. This beauty has dark cherries, blueberries and spice with a long aftertaste. No signs of aging. It is still at its peak. (3925 views)|
| ||Tasted by wgross447 on 1/31/2011 flawed bottle: Corked (3234 views)|
| ||Tasted by wgross447 on 1/30/2011 flawed bottle: Corked (2901 views)|
| ||Tasted by depdoc on 10/11/2009 & rated 94 points: A fringe of brown hints to the age, but there is no hint of age otherwise. The nose is fresh with spice and dark fruit. The finish is long and has spice, pepper, and lots of dark fruit. The tannins are minimal. Super. (3159 views)|
| ||Tasted by phenricsson on 8/21/2009 & rated 93 points: Very ripe, almost raisiny, dark flavors. Got better and better over time. After 3 hours decanting it was much crisper and younger tasting. Impressive (3299 views)|
| ||Tasted by depdoc on 5/28/2009 & rated 91 points: Dark berries and spice on the nose. Taste changed very little after two hours decanting, but was smooth with moderate tannin. Easy to drink. (3266 views)|
| ||Tasted by Kevin_C on 5/16/2009 & rated 95 points: Creamy coconut and eucalyptus dominate the bouquet. The palate is expansive and mouthcoating but without heaviness. This isn't a carnival ride of a wine -- instead, it maintains composure. Smooth mouth feel with fine grained tannins lead to a long finish. [94-95] (3290 views)|
| ||Tasted by depdoc on 10/25/2008 & rated 89 points: Pleasant nose of blackberry with well balanced fruit and with some tannin on the aftertaste. (3376 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 7/31/2008: This is a test sample note (3383 views)|
| ||Tasted by Russell Faulkner on 7/8/2006 & rated 90 points: Grange Offline (1990-1975) (Alba Restuarant London): 90%SH 10% CS, 13.8%|
A mushroomy more savoury nose, very tannic or perhaps just less fruit, a smaller wine. (5109 views)
| ||Tasted by andrewstevenson.com on 7/7/2006 & rated 88 points: Penfolds Grange Vertical Tasting (1990-1975) (Alba Restaurant, Whitecross Street, London): 90% shiraz, 10% cabernet.|
An integrated, complex nose that promise loads with a variety of opulent black fruits. Velvety opulence on the palate. Lots of ripe fruit and very big tannins on the finish. This is the most tannic so far. Unfortunately, it seems to lack the complexity that one might expect.
Re-tasted around 3-4 hours later. Very similar, just feeling a bit riper. (5739 views)
| ||Tasted by graemeg on 3/5/2001: NobleRottersSydney - Penfolds prior to 95 + 1998 Bin releases (Darling Mills, Glebe): A lighter version of the 86. Still beautifully focussed depth of liquorice & black fruit, matched against intense and fine tannins. Not quite the balance of the 86, and the finish was shorter and less concentrated. I expect if I’d had just this Grange and not the others I’d be raving about it. A beautiful wine, but on the lighter end of the Grange spectrum. (3521 views)|
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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds’ influence on Australia’s winemaking psyche.
Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.
Penfolds’ reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.
If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.
Making The Best Possible Wine
At Penfolds, the role of the winemaker is to make the best possible wine within the constraints of each vintage. Penfolds’ house style emerged from a fortified-wine producing culture and evolved as a winemaking philosophy – a way of making wine – which has had a profound effect on the entire Australian wine industry.
The concept of multi-regional and vineyard blending, a feature of the Penfolds house style, is an amplification of the ‘all-round wine’. Without the constraints of a single vineyard, winemakers could choose the best possible fruit with the outstanding characteristics of each vineyard.
While American oak has played a central role in the development of Penfolds red wines, French oak has been increasingly used in the evolution of new wines – particularly RWT and Yattarna. Maturation in oak, which follows fermentation, is also key to the Penfolds house style.
The Penfolds approach to winemaking has percolated through the entire Australian wine industry over the last 50 years. The techniques employed in research and development of Penfolds wines are remarkable and many of the discoveries and innovations have had a lasting impact on winemaking thinking.
In Max Schubert, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, Penfolds has nurtured four of Australia's great winemakers. They have passed the Chief Winemaker’s baton of responsibility for crafting some of Australia's most iconic wines, down through the past six decades.
Joining Peter Gago in the Penfolds winemaking team are Senior Red Winemaker Steve Lienert, Senior White Winemaker Kym Schroeter, and Red Winemakers Andrew Baldwin, Adam Clay, Stephanie Dutton and Matt Woo - also the Penfolds Fortified Winemaker. All members of the Penfolds winemaking team ensure that Penfolds’ reputation for outstanding quality is upheld.
Penfolds draws fruit from a combined vineyard area of 618 hectares in the Barossa region of South Australia. The Barossa is about 70 kilometres north of Adelaide and in 1911 Penfolds established a winery at Nuriootpa, completed in time for the 1913 vintage. The Barossa region is known for its relatively low rainfall with many vineyards dry grown on single wire trellising.
The historic and heritage-protected Magill Estate Vineyard was established in 1844 by Dr Christopher Rawson and Mary Penfold—just eight years after the foundation of Adelaide. It was originally known as the Grange Vineyard, named after their new homestead ‘The Grange’, a cottage which still stands intact amongst the vines.
Joseph Gilbert planted the first vines in the Eden Valley in 1842 and since that time the region has become synonymous with producing elegant riesling and complex shiraz. While its name suggests a concave nature, Eden Valley is actually a wide ridge, situated east of the Barossa Valley with an altitude ranging from 440 – 550 metres.
McLaren Vale is located approximately 40km to the south of Adelaide, with the vineyards in the region located between 6 and 15 kilometres from the Gulf of St Vincent. The elevation ranges from 50 to 350 metres above sea level. Penfolds has company owned vineyards throughout the region, using the fruit as blending components for premium red wines such as Grange and Bin 389.
Penfolds has had a long history with the Coonawarra region, dating back to their first vineyard purchase in 1960. It is one of the most famous red wine regions in Australia with weathered limestone terra rossa soils, relatively cool climate and overall water availability. Coonawarra has played a significant role in many of Penfolds' multi-regional wines as well as the single region wines such as Bin 128.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Winery Of The Year 2014: Penfolds
Penfolds is Australia’s foremost winemaker, with an unbroken line dating back to its establishment in 1844 when medical practitioner Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold and wife Mary purchased ‘the delightfully situated and truly valuable of Mackgill … Comprising 500 acres (202 hectares) of the choicest land’. Here they built the house that still stands today, and within a few years had begun the winery and cellar on the site of today’s buildings at Magill Estate.
Mary took charge of winemaking, initially producing grenache prescribed by her husband as a tonic for anaemic patients. By 1870 she, son-in-law Thomas Hyland and cellar manager/winemaker Joseph Gillard had formed Penfolds & Co. With markets in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, their wine production was over one-third of South Australia’s total.
Growth continued unabated, and in 1945 Penfolds acquired the jewel of the Magill Vineyard, at that time the largest vineyard in South Australia. It now has 2100 hectares of vineyards, the largest share of Australia’s total. Two men came together in the 1950s to lay the foundation of Penfolds today: winemaker Max Schubert, and research chemist Ray Beckwith (who died shortly after his 100th birthday in 2012); indeed, their contribution transcended Penfolds to the entire Australian wine industry.
The architecture for the Penfolds wine portfolio of the twenty-first century was established in the 1960s, half a century ago. There has been growth, both in the range of labels and their price points, but it has been cleverly – indeed sensitively – managed; demand-driven growth has been achieved without any quality compromise whatsoever.
There is no possibility that the pre-eminence of Penfolds will ever be challenged by any other Australian wine business. Equally certain is that the Penfolds brand value will continue to gain ground on the world stage of all consumable products. If proof be needed, the overall quality of the wines in this Wine Companion is the best Penfolds has ever presented to the markets of the globe.
Author: James Halliday Jul 2013
1987 Penfolds GrangeBin 95 Grange Hermitage
Penfolds GrangeLangton's The Definitive Grange Guide (includes 2006 vintage)
The Rewards of Patience (7th Edition)
Vintage Label Shiraz Cabernet
2010 Bin 95 Grange 96% 4%
2009 Bin 95 Grange 98% 2%
2008 Bin 95 Grange 98% 2%
2007 Bin 95 Grange 98% 2%
2006 Bin 95 Grange 98% 2%
2005 Bin 95 Grange 96% 4%
2004 Bin 95 Grange 96% 4%
2003 Bin 95 Grange 97% 3%
2002 Bin 95 Grange 98.5% 1.5%
2001 Bin 95 Grange 99% 1%
2000 Bin 95 Grange 100%
1999 Bin 95 Grange 100%
1998 Bin 95 Grange 97% 3%
1997 Bin 95 Grange 96% 4%
1996 Bin 95 Grange 94% 6%
1995 Bin 95 Grange 94% 6%
1994 Bin 95 Grange 89% 11%
1993 Bin 95 Grange 86% 14%
1992 Bin 95 Grange 90% 10%
1991 Bin 95 Grange 95% 5%
1990 Bin 95 Grange 95% 5%
1989 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 91% 9%
1988 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 94% 6%
1987 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 90% 10%
1986 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 87% 13%
1985 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 99% 1%
1984 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 95% 5%
1983 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 94% 6%
1982 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 94% 6%
1981 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 89% 11%
1980 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 96% 4%
1979 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 87% 13%
1978 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 90% 10%
1977 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 91% 9%
1976 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 89% 11%
1975 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 90% 10%
1974 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 93% 7%
1973 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 98% 2%
1972 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 90% 10%
1971 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 87% 13%
1970 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 90% 10%
1969 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 95% 5%
1969 Bin 826 Grange Hermitage
1968 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 94% 6%
1968 Bin 826 Grange Hermitage
1967 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 94% 6%
1967 Bin 74 Grange Hermitage
1966 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 88% 12%
1966 Bin 72 Grange Hermitage
1966 Bin 71 Grange Hermitage
1965 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 95% 5%
1965 Bin 71 Grange Hermitage
1965 Bin 70 Grange Hermitage
1965 Bin 69 Grange Hermitage
1964 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 90% 10%
1964 Bin 68 Grange Hermitage
1964 Bin 67 Grange Hermitage
1964 Bin 66 Grange Hermitage
1964 Bin 395 Grange Hermitage
1963 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 100%
1963 Bin 65 Grange Hermitage
1962 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 87% 13%
1962 Bin 456 Grange Hermitage
1962 Bin 59A Grange Hermitage
1962 Bin 59 Grange Hermitage
1961 Bin 395 Grange Hermitage 88% 12%
1961 Bin 395 Grange Hermitage
1960 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 92% 8%
1960 Bin 45 Grange Hermitage
1959 Bin 46 Grange Hermitage 90% 10%
1959 Bin 49 Grange Hermitage
1959 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage
1958 Bin 46 Grange Hermitage 94% 6%
1957 Bin 50 Grange Hermitage 88% 12%
1956 Bin 14 Grange Hermitage 96% 4%
1955 Bin 95 Grange Hermitage 90% 10%
1955 Bin 148A Grange Hermitage
1955 Bin 54 Grange Hermitage
1955 Bin 53 Grange Hermitage
1955 Bin 14 Grange Hermitage
1955 Bin 13 Grange Hermitage
1954 Bin 12 Grange Hermitage 98% 2%
1954 Bin 11 Grange Hermitage
1953 Bin 2 Grange Hermitage 87% 13%
1953 Bin 145 Grange Hermitage
1953 Bin 86C Grange Hermitage
1953 Bin 10 Grange Hermitage
1953 Bin 9 Grange Cabernet Sauvignon (Block 42) 100%
1952 Bin 4 Grange Hermitage 100%
1952 Bin 4A Grange Hermitage
1951 Bin 1 Grange Hermitage 100%
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