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Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny
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- Cellar 5 - 25 years (2003-2023)
- ABV 20%
- Closure: Cork
A superb aged Tawny that if tasted alone would be regarded as the ultimate expression of a fortified wine, however, on the day it was tasted alongside the extraordinary Seppelt DP 90 Rare Tawny – which is an absolute must. Very deep orange onion brown colour with deep olive green rim. The nose is distinctive with strong rancio notes followed by walnuts and very fine aged brandy. The palate is mouthfilling with complex layers of walnuts, new leather and spice over a strong rancio background. Exceptional length. Perfect balance – wonderful harmony of flavours followed by an exceptionally long rancio almond and walnut aftertaste.
Readers can take their pick, but the difference in price might ensure that the Grandfather Tawny Liqueur is the way to go. Amazingly rich and honeyed with hints of figs, prunes, caramel, and toffee, it is a gorgeous, brilliantly made fortified wine composed of Shiraz and Mourvedre. This brilliant fortified is remarkably light on its feet given its massive richness. Thank good winemaking, great natural extract, and zesty acidity for keeping this wine fresh in spite of its huge residual sweetness and power.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #167 (Oct 2006)