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2010 Penfolds Grange
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- Cellar 20 - 25 years (2034-2039)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Cork
A Powerful and Concentrated Grange of Magnificent Stature
Produced from 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon the 2010 Penfolds Grange was matured for 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. A total saturate of colour it displays an opaque, glass staining inky black core with an impenetrable dark purple black hue. Showing incredible intensity a kaleidoscope of aromas fills the nostrils including liquorice, ripe blackberries, dark plums, dark chocolate, a hint of violet, vanillin oak, light mocha and spice. Full bodied, rich and possessing substantial presence and power, a wall of fruit hits the palate in explosive fashion delivering layer upon layer of flavours. Ripe blackberries, dark plums and liquorice are to the fore followed by some dark chocolate, vanillin oak, confectionary and spice. Firm chewy tannins act as a buffer to the huge core of fruit and provide the wine with its muscular rock like stance. Finishes with a long sustained aftertaste of ripe blackberries, liquorice, dark chocolate, vanillin oak and spice. Bordering on perfection this wine will inevitably crack the magical 100 points as it develops further complexity with bottle age.
Cellar 20-25 years.
The core of this wine is Barossa Valley Shiraz (85%) the remaining 15% shiraz (and 4% cabernet sauvignon) from the Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate. In time honoured fashion, it finished its fermentation in 100% new American oak hogsheads, where it spent the next 17 months. It has exceptional hue and depth to the colour; the smoky complexity to the black fruits (no red or blue) of the bouquet also offers licorice and earth aromas; only a great Burgundy could have more nuances defined each time you revert to the bouquet. You could lose yourself, Narcissus-like, looking endlessly into the reflection of the palate; for all its power, there is not a hair out of place, the tannins outstanding. There is not the slightest question this will be one of the greatest Granges in the pantheon of '52, '55, '71, '96 and '06. Drink by 2060.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion