2003 Penfolds Grange
Syrah - 1.5L

  • WS 94
  • IWC 93
  • WA 92

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WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2008
Supple ripe and generous with its blueberry plum and mocha flavors riding easily over finely wrought tannins and extending into the long expressive finish. Rich complex and evocative this has plenty of flavor packed into... Supple ripe and generous with its blueberry plum and mocha flavors riding easily over finely wrought tannins and extending into the long expressive finish. Rich complex and evocative this has plenty of flavor packed into a beautifully balanced package. Drink now through 2020. 680 cases imported. -HS
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, September 2008
Inky purple. Seductively perfumed nose offers cassis blueberry cherry-cola violet and dried fig scents with a suave undercurrent of smoky minerals. Deep finely etched cherry and dark berry flavors are complicated by mocha... Inky purple. Seductively perfumed nose offers cassis blueberry cherry-cola violet and dried fig scents with a suave undercurrent of smoky minerals. Deep finely etched cherry and dark berry flavors are complicated by mocha and candied licorice becoming riper with air. Cured meat and black cardamom notes arrive with air adding further interest. Full fleshy and sweet on the impressively long finish which is nicely braced by dusty tannins. This is more energetic than most wines from this vintage.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2009
Penfolds- iconic 2003 Grange is Shiraz blended with 3.5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra. It was aged for 15 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple-colored it offers up aromas of cedar cigar box leather Asian... Penfolds- iconic 2003 Grange is Shiraz blended with 3.5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra. It was aged for 15 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple-colored it offers up aromas of cedar cigar box leather Asian spices and blueberry. On the palate it is layered but a bit short on depth and grip with only moderate length. It will evolve for 5-7 years and drink well from 2014 to 2030. This is a good but not great vintage of Grange making it vastly overpriced.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Vintage 2003

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.