Penfolds ‘Grange’ ‘Bin 95’ 2008

Syrah from Australia - South Australia
Review Date : 12-May-2013
98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and ‘Magill Estate’, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 19 months in new American oak hogsheads. Full, dense and impenetrable black colour with purple and red hues. This has a full and complex array of ripe black fruits with layers of fragrant dark florals intermingling with black pepper, Asian spices, liquorice and smoky cedar, and the signature thread of volatility that provides piquancy and lift. The nose, while showing a plethora of aromatics has a sense of finesse and fresh primacy of youth. Full-bodied, this has masses of richness and succulence, along with a beauty from underlying power, line and drive with reined-in opulence. The flavours follow the aromas, with waves of black berry fruits and plum fruits, spices, pepper, liquorice. Oaking is yet another layer and fully integral. The extraction and structure nearly envelops the palate, but the fruit vitality is enhanced by wonderfully acid integrity. The balance and totality of the wine is remarkable, and the flavours carry through to a very rich, lush, decadent and flowing finish of liquorice and ripe, spiced plums with a textured core. This is a classical Grange for the modern world respecting all the traditional values. It will develop effortlessly over the next 40-50 years. 20.0/20 May 2013 RRP $834.99

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