Penfolds Grange 2012


Penfolds Grange – a name widely known throughout the world as Australia’s premier wine. Created in the early 1950s by Max Schubert, it defined an entirely new wine style. Renowned for its concentration, opulence, complexity and length; this wine is revered around the world for its unnatural cellaring ability. Several decades are the norm, with great vintages managing half a century or more. Every Australian wine lover needs to try Grange at least once in their life – especially an outstanding vintage such as this.

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99 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2012 Grange comes from just two sub-regions of South Australia this year: Barossa Valley (the majority) and McLaren Vale. This makes a lot of sense since 2012 was a cracking year in both of these areas, producing a number of extraordinary wines. As usual, this Grange contains a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, just 2%. Very deep purple-black in color, it opens on the nose with complex earthy/meaty/savory notes, soon giving way to baked blackberries, plum preserves, hoisin and Chinese five spice with dabs of sandalwood, licorice, menthol and vanilla. The palate reveals a surprisingly open, rich, full-bodied expression exuding a powerhouse of velvet-lined decadence. Still, it characteristically possesses that rock-solid “Grange” backbone of firm tannins and great freshness expressed in a real lively lift to the finish. And the finish is epically long. There are some stylistic similarities here to the opulent, gregarious 2008 vintage, perhaps just lacking ever so slightly in the same exhilarating abandonment of winemaking protocols for the celebration of the fruit and sites. That said, this is unquestionably a stonking great Grange!” 10/16 97 Points, Wine Spectator: “Powerful and impressive, this seamless expression offers chai tea, sandalwood, dark chocolate, gingerbread and tobacco notes that complement the juicy black cherry fruit flavors at the core. Gains momentum on the finish. Intense but polished, revealing an air of weightlessness that lingers. Drink now through 2035. From Australia.”


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