Penfolds Grange Shiraz 2011
96 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE PENFOLDS GRANGE AT AUSTRALIA'S BEST PRICE LIMITED STOCK
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- 96 POINT RATED BY HUON HOOKE
- 95 POINT RATED BY TYSON STELZER
- 94 POINT RATED DECANTER
- 93 POINT RATED BY JAMES HALLIDAY
- 93 POINT RATED BY ROBERT PARKER
Initially the ‘enlivened’ dark fruits of a Christmas pudding or boiled fruitcake mix demand attention. But there’s much more to complement these fruits – impressions of ironstone, graphite, iodine, black ink, and a black pudding viscosity. Formidable, meshed tannins – texturally honeycombed, without the honey! Oak has entwined itself invisible. Yes, every barrel still new, and completion of fermentation off skins in barrel still Grange modus operandi.Integrated, measured ... and clearly more than one sip required to gain an authentic ‘first-impression’.
96 Points - Huon Hooke
"Deep, rich red colour with purple tints. The bouquet starts off very oaky, and with a lot of swirling becomes richly mocha-like, peppery and dark chocolaty. Lindt dark chocolate with raspberries, to be precise. The wine is dense and fleshy in the mouth, with plenty of extract. It seems a shade lighter in body than usual, but still powerful. It's nicely balanced and smoothly-textured. The richness, density and harmony are very good indeed. Not a great Grange but superb, and surprisingly so for the disastrously wet year. And it can be enjoyed already. (Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale & Magill. No cabernet this year; it's 100% shiraz)"
95 Points - Tyson Stelzer
"Grange is made every year, in spite of the season, and while the price went up for the great vintage of 2008, it s not coming down for the lesser 2011. This is the sixth Grange in as many decades to be 100% shiraz, and the focus is on warmer regions in this cool, wet season, with a core of Barossa (though only 75%, less than the 85% of 2009 and 2010) and the balance made up of McLaren Vale and a little Magill. Production is around half of the usual Grange volume of 8,000-10,000 cases. True to the vintage, this is a savoury Grange with a tangy acid profile, though it upholds an impressively full purple hue. Toasty oak is prominent (17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads, as always, though it doesn t call for so much new oak this year). Its black fruit depth is admirable, layered with dark berry fruits and liquorice and a classic Grange hint of coal steam and crushed ants. Length is impressive and tannins are firm and fine...."
94 Point Rated - Decanter
"Super-ripe, sweet berry aromas-like liquid fruitcake concentrated black fruits with liquorice, cola, spice and smokiness. Rich chocolatey flavours are underpinned by a structure of muscular tannins and a firm spine of acidity. relatively forward for Grange. Drinking Window 2018 - 2035"
93 Points - James Halliday
"From the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate; 17 months in 100% new American hogsheads. It is balanced, supple and pretty, against all odds at peace with its oak..."
93 Points - Robert Parker
"Deep purple colored, in typical fashion the nose of the 2011 Grange is still closed at this youthful stage with broody tar and pepper laced notes over a core of blackberries, black plums, liquorice and loam. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is taut and muscular with pepper and baking spice flavours supported by firm, grainy tannins. The finish has great length, contributing a refreshing lift."
The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Crafted utilising fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and structured Shiraz grapes, the result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.
Across South Australia’s premium growing regions, winter and early spring rainfall were close to the long-term average. From August, conditions became significantly drier with only a few light spring showers recorded. Record low rainfall was recorded from September to March stretching water supplies. Warm and dry conditions encouraged early flowering and fruit-set, with rapid canopy growth. Early summer temperatures dropped below average with no major heat waves recorded. Once harvest commenced, it progressed rapidly with most blocks of shiraz picked earlier than previous years. Although the prevailing conditions resulted in lower than anticipated yields, the quality of fruit was exceptional.
|Source/Region:||Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Magill Estate, South Australia|
|Cellaring:||Drink now cellar up to 2050|
|Bottle Top:||Foil over cork|
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