Ben's 50th B'day (Ben and Estella's place, Parramatta): Medium plus intensity aromas of blackberry, cream, vanilla, chocolate, some eucalyptus notes and spice. In the mouth the wine is instantly present with tight, drying but fine textured tannins, bountiful black fruits, vanilla, cream, spice and the first beginnings of some leather notes - still tastes and smells very young. A puppy.
Thick, concentrated and dense, there is a lot of coconut, dill, black and blue fruit with jam in the nose. Powerful, but lacking elegance. Still young, it will age well, while this is a good wine, I do not think this is one of the great vintages for Penfolds Grange.
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(Penfolds Grange) The 1990 Penfolds Grange was a strange fellow, causing Gil to question, ‘chemical?’ It was very shut down in the nose compared to the ’80 and 82, although matchstick and mint were slow to emerge, as well as a black cherry core. There was deeper concentration here in the ’90 if you had the patience to dig that deeply. More blackberry nuances emerged. It was much blacker in its fruit flavors, thick and with lots of citricity, a much beefier style of Grange. Down the road, this might emerge as the best of the bunch, but not for a while if ever.
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