Penfolds ‘Grange’ ‘Bin 95’ 2011

Syrah from Australia - South Australia
Review Date : 22-Nov-2015
First made as an experimental wine in 1951. 100% Shiraz, 80% from the Barossa Valley, nearly 20% from the McLaren Vale and remainder ‘Magill Estate’, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads coopered by A. P. Johns in Tanunda . The sixth wholly Shiraz constituted ‘Grange’’, the others being the 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999 and 2000. Saturated black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The bouquet is full and densely packed with aromas of ripe black plums, black liquorice, black savoury minerals and earth, subtle layers of dried dark herbs and spicy, shiny oak, This has opulence allied to density, and the aromatics are beginning to show secondary complexities and detail. The fruit sweetness shoes some restraint and a softening roundness is appearing. Vey full bodied with a solid and densely extracted palate, this has a concentrated mass of black berried fruits with savoury black plums, Dutch liquorice, building in intensity, depth and texture to fill the palate. The fruit is inherently soft, just needing a little nore sweetness and acid vitality, but this is compensated by the massive depth and presence. Layers of spices and toasty oak unfold, and the fulsome, mouthfilling, powerful structure becomes evident. The firm core and weight carries the wine, with the softer aspects lending a degree of approachability. As Penfolds say, "not the greatest Grange”, but the "best 2011 South Australian red”. Match slow cooked game meat, casseroles, hard cheeses over the next 20 years. 19.0/20 Nov 2015 RRP $834.99

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