Tasting 1996 Penfolds Grange (during private dinner) (Restaurante Cuenllas - Madrid): Bottle was opened six hours before consumption. Double decanted in order to filter abundant sediments. It took hours to open on the nose. At first wood covered everything except that elegance. The palate was silky and wide. Very long drink. Incredible aftertaste. When finally nose appears, mouth fell at the same rate. Unbalanced in my modest opinion. Perhaps its origin was not as flawless as we presumed 'cause poor storage. However the last glass, the better. Below my expectations.
Botella abierta seis horas antes de su consumo. Doblemente decantada para filtrarla de abundantes sedimentos. Tardó horas en abrirse en nariz. Al principio la madera lo tapaba todo excepto la elegancia. En boca era más sedosa y amplia. De trago muy largo. Postgusto increíble. Cuando la nariz finalmente se manifestó, la boca cayó en la misma proporción. Desequilibrada en mi modesta opinión. Quizás su origen no era tan impecable como presumíamos con un almacenaje deficiente. No obstante, la última copa, la mejor. Por debajo de mis expectativas.
Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant. 78 Penfold Road Rosslyn Park, South Australia, 5072, Australia.
Double decanted by our sommelier Patrick.
94% Shiraz 6% Cabernet. 14% alcohol.
Black opaque heart, dark garnet rim, showing less age than expected. Well cellared and youthful. Heady nose of cassis fruit, blackberry spice, caramel mocha undertones, new leather. Silky mouthfeel, bold fruit flavour without the heaviness of lessor marques. Chocolate, vanilla, balanced and delicious.
Two hours open, blood plum, blackberry, expresso, chocolatey tannins mid palate, mild acidity freshens through the long stalky tannin, blueberry finish. Plush fruit and black pepper spice to the last drop!
Penfolds Grange Wine Dinner at Botrini's (Botrini's Restaurant Athens): First Grange of the night and things are looking up. A very complex wine, open and quite mature. Medicinal aromas on a background of dark fruit, ground coffee, lifted with tones of eukalyptus, mint and camphor. Excellent wine, typically Australian and now at a stage of nice maturity even if it has lots of life ahead.
During a wine diner. Dark ruby, garnet rim. Expressive nose of dark fruit with torrefaction, tar, rum pot, spices and earth. Full bodied on the palate but with good tannins providing structure. This has Barossa written all over it, in a good way. A very solid Grange.
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