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Penfolds - The Grange 1998

Red Wine from South Australia · Australia
Price: £399.00
Case Rate: £399.00
Ex Tax: £270.83
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Barossa Valley
Winery: Penfolds
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 97% Shiraz, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Now to 2045
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98 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Barossa Valley
Winery: Penfolds
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 97% Shiraz, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Now to 2045

Wine tasting notes

Penfolds Grange displays fully ripe, intensely flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes in combination with new American oak. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as the most consistent of the world's great wines. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds' multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy.

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Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (1998) - 98 pts

A wine that flirts with perfection, and should rival the 1986 as one of the legendary Granges produced, the 1998 has one of the highest alcohol contents (nearly 15%) as well as one of the highest percentages of Shiraz in the blend (97%). Its stunning purple color is accompanied by exceptionally sweet aromas of blackberry liqueur intermixed with barbecue spices, an endearing, smoky earthiness, pepper, roasted meats, and coffee. Huge, massive, unctuously textured, and extraordinarily youthful, this impressive wine is a candidate for perfection. It should continue to evolve over the next three decades. Grange, Penfolds’ flagship wine, is, by many accounts, the most renowned and world-famous wine produced in Australia, and these six vintages from my cellar all acquitted themselves well. These wines are almost always Shiraz, but many vintages include less than 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and there are cross-appellations blends from vineyards in the Barossa and McLaren Vale.


JancisRobinson.com (1998) - 19 pts

Still very deep in colour. Sweet and concentrated, and very Grange – absolutely distinctive in its opulence and concentration. After a big nose, the palate delivers barely believable depths of flavour. Utterly bewitching. You have to hand it to them – this delivers on all fronts, and deserves its throne. Just so expressive!


James Suckling (1998) - 94 pts

Rich and plummy, with leather, spices and smoked meats. Full-bodied, with a velvety and lovely fruitiness. Goes to cigar box, cigar leather pouch and a long flavorful finish. Yet reserved. Drink now.


James Halliday (1998) - 97 pts

Deep purple-red, it oozes blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice from every pore, the palate a sumptuously smooth velvet cushion of small black fruits. It will outlive anyone who can afford to buy it. James Halliday Published 20 July 2011