1986 Penfolds Grange
Syrah - 750ML
  • WA 98
  • WS 98

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 1992
I tasted this wine prior to its release and thought it to be the finest young Grange Hermitage I have yet sampled. Since its release I have had the wine in three separate tastings and it has been nothing less than... I tasted this wine prior to its release and thought it to be the finest young Grange Hermitage I have yet sampled. Since its release I have had the wine in three separate tastings and it has been nothing less than remarkable. With a port-like black/purple thick looking color and a huge nose of vanilla cassis pepper and licorice this massive super-extracted unctuously textured wine exhibits mind-boggling richness. It will probably overwhelm many tasters and therefore must be served with hearty food or intensely flavored meat or game. Although approachable it promises to evolve spectacularly over the next two or more decades.
WS 98
Wine Spectator, January 1997
Approaching full maturity this has developed into a huge mouthful of cherry raspberry plum prune anise and mineral flavors that keep expanding on the palate. Sensational now but still has room to grow at least until 2006... Approaching full maturity this has developed into a huge mouthful of cherry raspberry plum prune anise and mineral flavors that keep expanding on the palate. Sensational now but still has room to grow at least until 2006 to 2010.--Penfolds Grange vertical. 5790 cases made.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Vintage 1986

Label

The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Crafted utilizing fully-ripe, intensely-flavored and structured Shiraz grapes, the result is a unique Australian style that is now recognized as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.

Winery

Penfolds

Penfolds is an iconic Australian wine producer established in 1844 when Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold and his family arrived from England and paid the princely sum of £1,200 for 500 acres of the best land in Magill. He planted French vine cuttings with the intention of producing his own “medicinal tonic” wine.

When he passed away, his wife Mary assumed responsibility for the 60 acres of vines in The Grange Vineyard, which was then producing several varieties. She managed the estate for 25 years, passing it on to her daughter Georgina and son-in-law Thomas Hyland when she retired. The Penfold family continued to operate the business very successfully and retained a controlling interest after the company became public.

Penfolds now has an extensive portfolio that includes the ‘House Style’ collection, numbered-bin releases, special bins, and fortifieds among others. It has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia and across the world.

Penfolds has earned numerous accolades for its flagship and most iconic wine, Grange, the creation of former Chief Winemaker Max Schubert who aimed to match the finest, aged Bordeaux wines. Initially rejected by Penfolds management, the experiment was kept secret and barrels of wines were hidden behind a fake wall in the tunnels at Magill Estate. With bottle age development, a second tasting was greeted with enthusiasm and production was restarted.

Penfolds vineyards are located primarily in South Australia on prime land throughout the state’s most esteemed viticultural regions. Throughout its history, Penfolds has owned and leased vineyards in addition to sourcing grapes from independent growers. Its grapes are sourced from more than 220 vineyards and grape growers across Australia. This strategy reflects the tradition of multi-vineyard and multi-regional sourcing, first introduced in the 1860s by Mary Penfold, and allows for a consistency of style and quality across vintages, something Penfolds is renowned for.