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| ||Tasted by jlgnml on 4/27/2013 & rated 94 points: Out of magnum, very dense berry smell on the initial pour, mellowed and had a long deep finish. Wow. (832 views)|
| ||Tasted by jlgnml on 4/27/2013 & rated 94 points: Out of a magnum. Decanted 3 hrs before dinner, dense beery syrup smell. Mellowed in the glass with a long finish|
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| ||Tasted by Goldstone on 3/22/2013 & rated 92 points: Runny Returns.....the Great Australian Wine Dinner. (Chez Patrick Restaurant, 2/F, Garden East, 222 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong): Decanted very briefly. Dense purple-red totally opaque core lightening to translucent at the edges and with the merest watery meniscus...... this is not an old-looking wine. Nose is immediately soft, mellow, dusty and totally powdered tannin with a super "come hither" allure but without the OMG of a classic year. Palate is immediately tertiary in charactistics but held beautifully in balance by good initial acidic attack followed by a mellow congee element that reminds me of the wallpaper paste powder I mixed in buckets of water in my childhood. Powdered.....classic Grange elements of dried plums, dried prunes and sandalwood. Hints of black licquorice-like opium smoke come out with more time in the glass and then the plummy black and red fruits assert themselves more....very complex but not in your face. Light but incredibly dimensional resonance inside the head on the finale. Compared to the 1983 and 1986 drank alongside it, this was a 55 year-old woman who would have still stopped traffic at 50 whereas the 1983 would still cause fender benders without even noticing. Not a blockbuster year and I do think it's time to drink up over the next 2-3 years. Faded somewhat with extended time in the glass. Thanks, Chris. (1100 views)|
| ||Tasted by Julia7ich on 10/18/2012 & rated 93 points: Unbelievably youthful dark ruby colour. Charred beef, dried herbs, soft fig and lovage make a savoury impression. Tannins still abundant and well-structured. Finishes somewhat astringent but long with tarragon, plum, and cassis. Drink now and within the next five years. (2007 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 4/24/2011: I love Grange around the 30 year mark when it starts to develop true tertiary character, this 1980 is in that special place now. There’s a faint whiff of the vanilla and coconut that the oak imparts but from there it’s all coal, leather, teak, cedar and earth. It is generous and full in the mouth with still ample structure and a nice sweet/savoury vinous feel. It has excellent length and is the perfect partner to char grilled rib eye. (2696 views)|
| ||Tasted by jamieirving on 6/27/2010 & rated 90 points: Made from 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1980 was an outstanding vintage. The appropriate amounts of warm and cool weather lead to a long season and late ripening after which the resulting wine spent 18 months in American oak. |
Tasted with a friend's bottle of the same vintage I was amazed at how different they were. Mine showed a lovely delicate, mainly savoury, nose with still the slightest suggestion of fruit. The palate was earthy, subtle and a little spicy. The Guernsey bottle on the other hand had a very dull nose and a little more fruit on the palate. (2941 views)
| ||Tasted by docwines on 12/24/2009 & rated 96 points: Opened up nicely after 3 hours. Strong pencil lead and plum fruits on the nose, deep dark fruits and chocolate on the very long palate. Aged to perfection. (2809 views)|
| ||Tasted by basemess on 4/4/2009 & rated 90 points: Complex nose - quite intense with plenty to offer. Cassis, pepper, Mint and smoky sweet dark fruits. Quite rich on the palate. Good length. Complex. Tannins slightly dusty. Very good but I cannot see why you would spend £300 on this wine. (3252 views)|
| ||Tasted by jamieirving on 5/9/2008 & rated 98 points: The Sampler (Angel, london): Bricky-red in colour, with a dense purple core, this wine had aromas pouring out of the glass before I even got it close to my nose! With dense red fruit and leather aromas this wine can only be described as meaty. The palate showed rich fruit cake characters, mouth filling fruit, vanilla and balanced oak as well as perfectly rounded tannins. An absolutely great wine which is drinking beautifully. I look forward to the bottle in my cellar. (3843 views)|
| ||Tasted by smenzies on 9/10/2007 & rated 88 points: At a blind tasting the consensus on age was 2001-2004..clearly the best lived Grange i have ever had...however this was its main attribute..the palate not sophisticated..dont touch for another 10yrs (3517 views)|
| ||Tasted by stevetimko on 5/27/2007 & rated 95 points: Great wine. On the nose, fragrant, intoxicating. Dark red fruit, like a dark raspberry. A note of dill, which others attributed to the American oak. Lots of earthiness on the palate with well formed darker fruits that are lush. Long, wonderful finish. Andy, who brought it, said it is holding up better than his 1982 Bordeaux. A pleasure to drink. (3535 views)|
| ||Tasted by CamWheeler on 7/20/2006 & rated 85 points: Sydney Offline: Birthyear Wines: Lots of dried herbs and tea leaves on the nose as well as raspberry and redcurrant. The palate was simple, short, one dimensional and lacked structure. (4227 views)|
| ||Tasted by Russell Faulkner on 7/8/2006 & rated 95 points: Grange Offline (1990-1975) (Alba Restuarant London): 96% SH 4% CS, 12.5%|
Much better, some more mature notes on the nose, sweet fat dried fruit, very deep, lush. Lots of flesh with a dried mushroom savoury element that grew in the glass, quite thich texure, with the fruit leading a 60 second finish. Beginning to drink well, but enough tannin and acidity to last a long time yet. Super. (4974 views)
| ||Tasted by andrewstevenson.com on 7/7/2006 & rated 90 points: Penfolds Grange Vertical Tasting (1990-1975) (Alba Restaurant, Whitecross Street, London): 96% shiraz, 4% cabernet|
A much more mature nose than the 1981 with lots of gorund coffee and black fruit. Lovely attack, lovely palate. Elegant and fully mature. A bit short on the finish maybe.
Re-tasted around 3-4 hours later. Essentially similar. (5113 views)
| ||Tasted by treaganjr on 3/1/2006 & rated 84 points: Consumed this wine with friends on special occasion and was disappointed. From the bottle the color was clear ruby color with slight bricking at the rim. Nose was atypical and lacked vitality. These traits carried into the mouth. Tannin dominated with little fruit. Set wine aside to breath but only slight improvement. Because of what it was we consumed it anyway. Should have opened several years aga. (5031 views)|
| ||Tasted by winefool on 12/1/2004 & rated 94 points: Shiraz Shootout - Group #6, My #3. Deep red with slight farnet at the edge. Full rich aroma of red fruit. Really nice. Really wonderful balanced red fruit. Beautiful maturity. Long finish. 12/04 (3921 views)|
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|By John Kapon|
Vintage Tastings, Beijing (5/23/2008)
(Penfolds Grange) The 1980 Penfolds Grange was 4% Cabernet and spent 19 months is 100% new oak. It was much more my speed of Grange, elegant and more Burgundian in style while still possessing that sweet, signature Aussie fruit. Horseradish (!) jumped from the nose, and Gil found it ‘herbal’ in a good way. Its sweet, musky nose signaled ‘home sweet home’ as far as Grange goes. There was nice roundness in the mouth, with excellent spice and better acidity than the 1977. It was just beautiful and in a great spot right now. 94 points
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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
1980 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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