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| ||Tasted by jskuek on 5/8/2015 & rated 92 points: Balance, mature and drink very well now. (597 views)|
| ||Tasted by La Grappe on 3/11/2015 & rated 94 points: A dark colour; ripe, smoky nose; intense, dark-fruited palate with spice and savoury notes. Intense, vigorous and long. Excellent wine. (985 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 3/6/2015: The nose is all blood plums, toasty oak and vanilla. It is generous and velvety in the mouth with warm, briary fruits. The wine is currently driven by its oak and finishes with sweet cedar and vanilla. (1060 views)|
| ||Tasted by La Grappe on 12/9/2014 & rated 90 points: Still quite vigorous, with blackberry, smoke and tar notes, strong oak and reasonable length. The oak dominates the finish and makes it slightly hard and hollow. Should keep for a while, but will probably lighten with time. (1780 views)|
| ||Tasted by StewartWent on 12/5/2014 & rated 92 points: A surprise inclusion at the Visy Bankers lunch. Perhaps not a great wine but very very good, and speaks well to the advantages of blending regions in a poor year. Very complete in the classic Pennies with old crumbly oak and tannin, and very balanced set of red berrie fruits. Drinking well now for mine. (1722 views)|
| ||Tasted by La Grappe on 10/27/2014 & rated 91 points: A deep colour. Quite full, concentrated and spicy, and still noticeably oaky. I think the fruit is perhaps not as rich as previous bottles and there is a slight dryness on the finish which is not that long. Still lively, but perhaps beginning to show its age. (1806 views)|
| ||Tasted by Marc on 10/18/2014 & rated 93 points: Boozy Lunch at S and B's Apartment (Auckland, New Zealand): Voluptuous and sweet nose with considerable creamy coconut laden American oak. Silky and creamy in the mouth - this is a softy with considerable tannic structure lurking behind the fruit. Wonderful length and a refined quality add up to a popular wine at the dinner. Certainly outstanding and a wine that will age as long as anyone would want. It is an old fashioned style that is great to drink from time to time. The wine is in a good place at the moment - in early to mid maturity. (opened due to a corked 1995 Mouton Rothschild). (1807 views)|
| ||Tasted by Lipsman on 9/25/2014 & rated 93 points: Deeply flavored. No bricking, dark garnet in color. Aromatically tight, not offering much. Pleasant drinking with a long finish. Moderate complexity. Perhaps decanting for an hour would help it open up. (1881 views)|
| ||Tasted by La Grappe on 4/9/2014 flawed bottle: Sadly, this was slightly corked. However, there was clearly an attractive and mature wine behind the corkiness. Will have to try again soon. (2823 views)|
| ||Tasted by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 4/5/2014 & rated 95 points: Popped and poured. Red brick in color. Smoother than the 1992, and even more fruitful and with better structure. Same powerful flavors with dark fruits and berry flavors - raspberries, blackberries, and currants. Beautiful taste. Smooth finish. This will last another 10+ years. (2781 views)|
| ||Tasted by erslack on 1/2/2014 & rated 96 points: all around fantastic bottle of wine (3231 views)|
| ||Tasted by hal0 on 9/20/2013 & rated 88 points: My first Grange. Seemed quite closed off. Heat on the nose. Sweet fruit. (3991 views)|
| ||Tasted by La Grappe on 9/15/2013 & rated 92 points: Intense, rich, smoky fruit; concentrated, still vigorous and not at all old. Somewhat sweet on the finish, and fairly alcoholic, making it almost port-like. Quite an experience. (2784 views)|
| ||Tasted by La Grappe on 6/11/2013 & rated 91 points: This is now tasting quite mature and is unlikely to improve; however, it is still full flavoured and intense, with smoky blackberry fruit and good length. (1730 views)|
| ||Tasted by MPAN on 4/27/2013 & rated 95 points: Very dark red bordering black; lovely nose of spices, black pepper; saddle, leather, stable but also blueberries; slightly tannic, sweetness, lean but balanced, long aftertaste; youthful despite age; very good (3931 views)|
| ||Tasted by Kirk Grant on 3/22/2013: The Usual Suspects...a new tradition; 3/22/2013-3/24/2013 (Lucerne Inn): Color: Ruby with light bricking at the rim|
Smell: Smoke, tar, granite, dark fruits, leather, and a faint funk this may be corked
Taste: Alcohol, dried red fruits, and vanilla
Overall: Very Good/Excellent. Medium body, med tannin, med fruit, med acidity, and a short finish. The obvious alcohol on the palate really detracted from this wine. The more I smelled this the more I'm wondering if it may be corked? (1 hour later. The wine was declared corked by someone else.) (4169 views)
| ||Tasted by La Grappe on 2/7/2013 & rated 94 points: Intense, vigorous, with smoky, spicy fruit, great depth and a long finish. This is very fine, and an excellent match for the braised beef. (1438 views)|
| ||Tasted by Phredd on 7/14/2012 & rated 96 points: NC Cindy Tasting (Phredd's Humble Abode): It doesn't get much bigger than Beaucastel, but if it does, this might be the wine that does it. Decanted an hour ahead, this is much darker than the Beaucastel, almost completely opaque with just a hint of fading at the rim. The nose is just loaded with fresh spearmint. The mint is so dominant that it takes about 20 seconds before you realize that there is a whole lot more there. Blackberry, black licorice, fresh fennel, and a ton of herbs - tomato leaf, lemon basil, and fresh oregano. This may be the best, freshest and most complex nose I've ever experienced on a red wine. The palate fairly bursts with blackberries and black cherries, but it also has plenty of herbal notes, tending especially toward rosemary. It also has a nice meaty character, and the meat is sporting a nice paprika- and pepper-based spice rub. The finish goes on and on. This is spectacular, layered, delicious wine, pure and simple. If you're going to pay multiple hundreds of dollars for a single bottle of wine, it better be great. This was. (6705 views)|
| ||Tasted by Goldstone on 5/4/2012 & rated 94 points: Farewell Runny....at least for now! (Chez Patrick Restaurant, 2/F, Garden East, 222 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong): Opaque colour but turning more to red than black. Nose is very reticent for a Grange despite a 5-hour decant but still so powerful.....old fashioned wallpaper paste in a bucket, deep plum fruit and hints of plum stones. Palate is classic young Grange....plum, dried prune, high acidity, not yet in balance...huge brooding power....needs more time to transmit the raw power of the engine to a great driving experience. Much too young....but wow! (6523 views)|
| ||Tasted by DonalOB on 4/27/2012 & rated 92 points: Opus One vs. Penfolds Grange (AWSEC, Hong Kong): Holy cow - this is dark. Ink with a tiny rim, and 17 years old!|
Big minty, menthol nose with vanilla.
Surprisingly, not very concentrated on the palate with low acidity. Ripe tannins. Blueberry, pepper and again vanilla. (3312 views)
| ||Tasted by vinole on 11/12/2011 & rated 92 points: Jack's Birthday Bash (Jupiter, FL): Much richer and riper than the La Turque with relatively low acidity and full body. Currant, blackberry and blueberry fruit with still prominent oak and tannins that suggest this will improve with more time in the bottle. If drinking now, I would suggest at least 3 hours of decanting as this continued to improve and my last sips of a glass untouched for an hour was far better than the initial ones. (6485 views)|
| ||Tasted by dream on 9/1/2011 & rated 94 points: Just a delicious Grange. Not a blockbuster vintage but rather medium-bodied with a strong eucalyptus flavor along with black fruits and licorice. In mid-life and just short of showing secondary flavor development. Another 5 years and this should be peaking. Yum. (6111 views)|
| ||Tasted by cubswinws on 4/16/2011 & rated 92 points: Soft but still plenty of fruit. Oak overtones but pleasant. Seems mature. (6577 views)|
| ||Tasted by Breguet on 2/13/2011 & rated 95 points: One step below extraordinary. (6125 views)|
| ||Tasted by Papies on 2/13/2011 & rated 92 points: A Great weekend in Athens; 2/12/2011-2/13/2011 (Athens, Greece): Ssuper dark in color. Lots of oak and vanilla. Open and expressive on the nose, but feels overdone, overworked, over oaked. Not our style 92 at best (6472 views)|
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Penfolds Producer website
Producer Location - Barossa (Google Maps)
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
1995 Penfolds GrangeBin 95 Grange
Penfolds Offical tasting notes (PDF)
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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