Strong nose of bright red cherry and raspberry, some vanilla, sweet espresso grounds. Hot and oaky. Gets a little perfumey. Tight young strawberry. Striking raspberry on the palate - very juicy. Loads of red berry fruit, rhubarb, and currant. Bit of spice, oregano, on palate. Very comparable to the '84 Grange opened first but with more vibrancy and less development ('84 wasn't that far along anyway). Endless raspberry. Tannins are very big and there is still unresolved oak. Some minerality present. Tough to accept as 27 years old - Super primary - nothing in the way of earth driven notes.
Great representative of the brand. Not quite a knock your sox off to get the 95. Opens with intense cedar that evolves into luscious raspberries and Marion berries explosion. Took three hours to open up.
Uncorked six hours in advance but seems not really necessary as its' like a blossom garden upon opening. A lot of residual, thus double-decant should be a good idea but then need to consume it quite. It's from a shoulder vintage which rendered into a elegant and feminine Grange. It didn't have the powerful punch from Shiraz but in fact more Hill of Grace-alike gem. Soft and gentle red fruits with ample acidity. A lovely bottle.
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