Penfolds, Grange, 2013

South Australia, Australia

Penfolds, Grange, 2013

South Australia, Australia

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  • Case of 6
  • Case of 12
£410.00
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£410.00

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Grape Varietes: Shiraz 96%, Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Peter Gago Optimum Drinking: 2020-2060 Reviewer Rating: 100 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 103016 Alcohol: 14.5%
Estate Notes

Penfolds, Grange 2013 was rated a perfect 100 points by Robert Parker. It yields from just two sub-regions of South Australia this year; the Barossa and McLaren Vale.

A shortened growing season in 2013 meant low yields, but those producers, like Penfolds, who irrigated early and sufficiently well, and picked at the right time made some great wines.

Penfolds Grange is one of Australia's finest and most famous wines, officially listed as a heritage icon of South Australia: a wine of extraordinary dimension and power. It has maintained its place as Australia's most prestigious red wine over four decades, and each vintage is eagerly awaited by collectors both in Australia and overseas.

The origins of the Penfolds estate are set firmly in the medical sphere, and its reputation built up over the course of the 19th century based on the production of wines (often fortified) which were prescribed to patients by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold who had settled in South Australia from Brighton in 1844. From the 1940s onwards the focus shifted in favour of producing table wines, and in 1951 the legendary chief winemaker Max Schubert began experimenting with the idea of making a long-lived red wine called Grange. The rest, as they say, is history.

Reviews

"Remember that old Heinz Ketchup “anticipation” ad from the 1970s? The palate of this 2015 Grange does just that. It makes you wait with so much delicious promise being drip fed into the mouth at first—and then it bursts forth and delivers! Very deep inky purple-black colored, the 2013 Grange has a profoundly scented nose of crème de cassis, preserved black plums, blueberry pie and licorice over nuances of baker’s chocolate, smoky bacon and fragrant earth, plus exotic spice wafts of cumin seed, cardamom, fenugreek and star anise. Unfurling and slowly building in the medium to full-bodied mouth with wonderful grace and depth, it reveals an incredible array of ripe black fruit, spice, meat and earth-inspired flavors, with a rock-solid frame to support this beauty, while previously latent flavors emerge fully on the epically long finish, culminating in that ultimate Grange experience. Oh, yes." Robert Parker

"...this is a stunning Grange which easily compares in quality to 2010 and 2012. It is big, flamboyant and hedonistic on the nose and palate - the former is full of kirsch, mulberry, balsam and a generous dollop of purposeful VA to lift the massive aroma from the glass. The latter is equally sweet, rich and dense as it brims with saturated flavours encompassing damson, blackberry, liquorice, espresso, tarmac and cola. And so it’s little or no surprise that this is also full to bursting with tannic heft and dry extract mouthfeel, all of which is expertly assuaged by refreshing acidity to keep it lithe and supple." Decanter Magazine

In the glass this wine has an opaque black core and a dark red rim. On the nose we have raspberry and kirsch for the fruit, but also some savoury elements including soy or balsamic and leather. On the palate there is both density and intensity. Dark fruits and spice are carried with the soft grain tannins. Multiple layers of flavours and textures. A stunning Grange. David King