Penfolds Grange 2015
100 POINT RATED JAMES SUCLKING & ANDREW CAILLARD PENFOLDS GRANGE AT AUSTRALIA'S BEST PRICE
- 100 POINT RATED JAMES SUCKLING
- 100 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILLARD
- 99 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY & CALLED "FAULTLESS"
- 98 POINT RATED ROBERT PARKER
- 95 POINT RATED DECANTER
On the nose, an eruption of fruits. Dark coffee grind, malt and tapenade merge with black earths, almost verging on peat. On the palate, 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, the oak has entwined itself invisible. Certainly a wine of its vintage.
100 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
"Deep crimson. Intense blackberry, mulberry aromas with meaty roasted chestnut, vanilla malt notes. Classic Grange with inky blackberry mulberry fruits, dense chocolaty tannins, roasted chestnut, vanilla mocha oak complexity, a touch of crème brulée, superb mid palate richness, velvety tannins building to a firm chocolaty plume at the finish. All the elements are perfectly aligned. A Classic Great Grange with superb colour, density and tannin quality. A wonderful wine of huge presence and palate impact. Should outlive us all. A collector’s vintage."
100 Points - Nick Stock James Suckling
"Much anticipated vintage for Grange and it is a powerhouse of concentration and complexity. Aromas of orange and lemon peel to start, then graphite, blackberries, plum paste, black cherries, boundless sweet oak spice, fresh cedar, tar, mahogany, roasted coffee and chocolate - the list goes on. Such complexity. Classic Grange, offering such deep, dark intensity. The palate has immense richness and depth with a super succulent and very long, fleshy, deeply weighted array of dense, velvet-wrapped tannins that run so long. The fruit flavors sit in the blackberry, blood-plum and blueberry zone with succulent, long and assertive structure, carrying through in an utterly seamless mode. The finish is tightly wrenched, in spectacularly powerful style, locking this wine in for a very long haul. Best from 2030."
99 Points - James Halliday
"Bang. The first whiff cries Grange. A lifted, fragrant, harmonious blend of fruit, oak (American, of course) and finely pitched tannins. Faultless. It's all relative, but this is starting to relax its grip. And the length is very, very special."
98 Points - Angus Hughson
98 Points - Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The nose of the 2015 Grange features the wine's characteristic lifted aromas, joined by pronounced American oak influence and bold blackberry fruit, plus hints of red meat, raspberries, asphalt and vanilla. It's dense and concentrated on the palate, full-bodied yet balanced and firm, with a rich, velvety texture and long, plush finish. Don't expect great complexity at this stage—it's much too young to show much more than the primary fruit and oak elements—but this is a Grange that should easily go three or four decades."
97 Points - Mary-Ann Worobiec Wine Spectator
96 Points - Huon Hooke
"Deep, glass-staining red/purple colour with a very walnutty oak-driven aroma, coconutty too. It's raw and singular, with almonds and various types of nuts leading the way. Cinnamon and nutmeg, blueberries and violets, too. It's an elegant Grange, very full-bodied but not the blockbuster we have seen in recent vintages. Tannins are abundant but soft and quite fine-grained, the finish long-lasting and harmonious. A very smart Grange."
95 Point Rated - Decanter
"Based on fruit from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Magill, and with 2% Cabernet seasoning to the Shiraz, the huge, brooding primary colour of youth is accompanied by the youthful primary black fruit, smokiness and sweet coconut and liquorice-spiced American oak (20 months in new hogsheads) that’s so typical of Grange. The richness and concentration of blackberry fruit opulence on the palate is inextricably bound up with a spice- and coconut-infused textural quality whose tannins, while big and bold, are surprisingly soft and sumptuous on the mid-palate. As the super-ripe blackberry and black cherry jam fruit subsides, the tannins kick in, along with a crispness ensuring that - in line with the Grange style generally - this heady wine will benefit from two decades of ageing. Drinking Window 2025 - 2045"
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.
Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Magill Estate, South Australia
|Cellaring:||Peak drinking 2022 cellar up to 2050|
|Bottle Top:||Foil over cork|