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2008 Penfolds Grange
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- Cellar 15 - 20 years (2028-2033)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Cork
The 2008 Penfolds Grange is a blend of 98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon with ageing taking place in new American oak hogsheads for 19 months. Spectacular super saturated inky black purple colour showing impenetrable depth with very deep black purple hue. The aromas explode out the glass – perfumed scents of liquorice, dark chocolate, ripe blackberry and dark plum are overlaid by mocha and subtlety toasted vanillin oak nuances. A sniffer’s paradise!
Opulence, power and decadence grace the palate with super concentrated flavours of ripe blackberry, dark chocolate bullets and dark plum which interplay with mocha and spicy vanillin oak. Firm structured tannins are the order of the day, necessary to handle the power and richness of the fruit providing the wine with a somewhat chewy finish. Exceptional persistence with magnificently long aftertaste of ripe blackberry, dark chocolate, mocha and spicy vanillin oak.
Cellar 15-20 years plus.
Deep purple-black in color, the 2008 Grange puts forward a very complex nose packed with aromas of mulberries, layers of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon with nuances of minced meat, anise, potpourri and whiffs of dried mint and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, taut and very spicy in the mouth, it shows touches of sandalwood and Chinese five spice complementing the layers of dark fruit flavors. It is framed by firm, grainy tannins and a refreshing acid line before finishing very long with aniseed and lingering blackberry preserves notes. This is clearly a wonderfully opulent and a magic vintage for this label. Drink it from 2018 to 2035+.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
An utterly majestic Shiraz, sleek and seamless, brimming with ripeness on a framework that allows for grace and expressive-ness in equal measure. The intensity of fresh blueberry and plum fruit holds attention until the nuances kick in, offering glints of exotic spice, coffee, cocoa, bay leaf and mint. Shows tremendous presence without a lot of weight, the tannins present but not even close to getting in the way. A great wine now, with plenty of room to grow. Drink now through 2040