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2006 Penfolds Grange

South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$899. 00
$10788.00 Dozen
Cellar: 10 - 20 Years (2021-2031)
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Cork

Originally tasted 2011
A stunning Shiraz that will no doubt evolve into one of the all time great vintages of Penfolds Grange.
Super saturated, totally impenetrable, black crimson colour with very deep, black dark crimson red hue. The nose displays great power, yet is still in it’s relative infant stages of development, with a superb kaleidoscope of aromas to unfurl themselves in the coming years. Super ripe blackberry and liquorice aromas are to the fore followed by a touch of violets, dark chocolate, mocha and vanilla. The intensity of the nose indicates that a wine of great power and concentration is to come and one is not let down. Dense, super concentrated and with power to burn, this Grange is destined for a long life of cellaring, although it’s not entirely unapproachable now. Layer upon layer of explosive, opulent fruit unravels itself on the palate in quite magnificent fashion. Dark chocolate, liquorice, blackberry and dark plum flavours, with an overlay of mocha and vanillin oak. Sublime depth and persistence and quite opulent in texture. Very fine grained, but firm tannins that are concealed by the sheer volume of fruit. Exceptionally long aftertaste of blackberry, dark chocolate, liquorice, vanillin oak and spice.
Cellar 10-20 years (2021-2031)
Alc 14.5%

Other Reviews….
Deep crimson; its bouquet has a strikingly complex array of black characters that run all the way from the first whiff to the finish and aftertaste: licorice, tar, bitter chocolate, blackberry, prune and plum. The tannins are prominent, and play their part with each successive sip of the steadily building impact on the very long palate, but they are in balance with the fruit and oak of an extremely powerful Grange.
98 points
James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion 2021

Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, it’s still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full-bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking through the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+.
98+ points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 2011