In Zurich again with CVA and Andrew, another epic dinner that included a tasting of Syrah based wines. This was Andrews contribution, drank with a 91 Ermitage La Pavillion, 03 Saxum Bone Rock, 04 SQN Ode to E...this was decanted for only about 20 minutes, perfectly preserved bottle from the 25th anniversary of Grange. Would benefit from a bit more air time, wine just kept getting better through the 2 hours we drank it.
Color was still deep, opaque and some cloudiness, garnet to the rim. Nose was classic Grange, cherry, cedar, oak, earth. Palate repeats with dusted red fruits, baking spice, cigar box. Long and nuanced finish.
I would describe this as elegant and balanced, for a Grange it still packs the big Aussie fruit but has settled into a place where the secondary flavors and finish show the quality of this wine. Pushing 39 years old, this one still has a good arc ahead of it. Hope I am lucky enough to try again in the future.
This remains an incredible Grange. Special occasion dictated opening it now. Previous notes reflect wine at this point. Can go another 10 years if desired. Final glass benefited from 6+hours of double decant. Simply a beautiful wine.
Delivering a complex set of aromatics with its ripe cherry, cigar box, oak, earth and spicy nose, this was no wall flower on the palate, Big, dense and packed with a wall of beefy fruits and tannins, this masculine, structured wine can age for decades.
Opened this Grange, one of 4 purchased upon release, for my 60th birthday. Drank the first one in mid 90s and it was a cracker, tho still young. I could say the same about this wine. Used cork puller, not screw, which was wise as the cork would have disintegrated. Wine was sweet upon opening but still fairly closed. Decanted and let it sit for 2 hours then double decanted it. Tried it an hour later and it blew me away, but was still fairly closed. For a 37 yr old wine it has amazing fruit and balance. Fine, soft but full tannin structure. Finish never ends. I will cork half and give it a go tomorrow when I fully expect it to be even better. Those lucky enough to have this wine in their cellars need not rush to drink it. I have 2 left and will wait at least til my 65th to try another.
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