This is my first time with a younger Grange in awhile and I will say it surprised me a bit. This is a very good wine - not yet great. We opened and decanted for about 40 minutes. It was shut down in the beginning, but started to get some evolution with time. The wine was blackberries and savory meat and spice. But mostly in a primary state - not the kindof evolution in the palette or the laundry list of flavors I'm used to for a Grange. It was also more drinkable than I expected - tannins are softer and don't interfere too much. Wine was on a steakhouse list for less than the release price from the estate so we decided worth the special celebration. In general though this wine prob needs another 10-15 years to tell what it's going to be.
Tasted along with 2011 Grange @ Penfolds tasting. Any Grange taste great, and they are so smooth upon first sip, its like eating Kobe beef.
Aroma: 2009 much more up front while 2011 being more subtle & but complex
Taste: There's no mistake that 2009 has more fruits (blackcurrant) but less secondary flavours. 2011 is more herbal, mint, less fruits, tobacco, with wonderful lush tannin. I think the 2009 has so much fruits that tannin & finish is not quite coming through. 2011 finish is so much longer (> 60 secs)
Would love to be able to try 2009 Grange again some time in the future, it needs to burn off that baby fat! 2011 is approachable now (but would be a waste though)
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