Penfolds Grange 2016
"Impressively concentrated and full-bodied, with an extraordinarily long, velvety finish...decades of cellaring potential if properly stored." robertparker.com
|Grape Blend||Shiraz; Cabernet Sauvignon|
Penfolds 2016 Grange is a great vintage; big, rich, voluptuous and expressive with wonderful balance. The Grange 2016 was purchased in its original wooden cases.
Penfolds Grange, officially listed as a heritage icon of South Australia, is a fine red wine of extraordinary dimension and power, and Australia's most prestigious red wine. The 2016 Grange includes 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and fruit was sourced principally from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley, with a little from the Magill Estate (in the Adelaide suburbs). It was aged in 100% new American oak for 20 months.
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 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.
"So much going on in the glass; it’s a tempestuous opera with a big cast. On the nose, there’s high lift from a big, generous swirl of fruity aromas that carry a hint of fermented fig among the blackberry, dark plum and aniseed. Investigate further on the palate and there’s a lot going on within its dense hedge of dark berries and secondary flavours of mocha and liquorice. Ultimately, it’s the heavy black notes that win out and persist, but there is so much to ponder, even after the event has concluded. A Grange worth mulling over." Decanter magazine"...offers up trademark lifted aromas plus scents of vanilla, toasted coconut, cedar, raspberries and blackberries. Impressively concentrated and full-bodied, with an extraordinarily long, velvety finish, it's nevertheless reasonably fresh and tight, with decades of cellaring potential if properly stored. Certainly at least on a par with such vintages as 2010 and 2012, the big question is whether it will ultimately reach triple digits." robertparker.com