Penfolds Grange Wine Dinner at Botrini's (Botrini's Restaurant Athens): Dark garnet colored with pronounced aromatics of VA, camphor, eukalyptus, leather, rubber, balsamic notes, chocolate. Full bodied, plush and sweet. Lingering finish, the mark of a very fine wine. Second wine of the night, it was tasted together with the 1996. Both are great wines, 97 being earthier in character.
Penfolds Grange Wine Dinner at Botrini's (Botrini Restaurant, Athens, Greece): Served alongside the 1996 with which it was quite similar. In fact this was the only couple with obvious similarity. Eukalyptus, leather, camphor, some barnyard scents and blueberry on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, sweet fruit, silky tannins and balancing acidity. Long aftertaste. The most typical aussie shiraz of the line-up.
Upon first opening, it was clear this was in need of serious aeration (or another 7-8 years in the cellar), so I'm glad I opened it 2 days before service, giving it a quick pour in decanter and returning to bottle after 30 minutes. Indeed, the secret chambers revealed themselves two nights later whereas upon opening, the wine seemed rather linear and vague. Medium-bodied, with some gently compelling structure and engaging perfumes. Fun to drink, but falls woefully short of its pricetag; this bottle, anyway.
Excellent example of Grange. Coravined two glasses. The first one was consumed 1 hour in, and the other was consumed three hours after that. Without question, this is a wine that needs a considerable amount of air if you want to consume it now. Classic Aussie shiraz notes, but didn’t show until given time to breathe. Great wine, but hands off to let the wine fully integrate the beauty it will become in 5-10 years.
My first Grange. Really enjoyed it. Powerful, but not lacking elegance. Dark berries, plum, some leather and tobacco. Touches of licorice/anis. Very long aftertaste. Not an over the top wine, but a real treat. Also went extremely well with game.
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