2006 Penfolds Grange
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 98
  • JH 98

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored it's... Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored it's still a little youthfully mute offering notes of warm cherries black currants anise coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy yeast extract black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+. 98+
JH 98
James Halliday - James Halliday, November 2011
Deep crimson; its bouquet has a strikingly complex array of black characters that run all the way from the first whiff to the finish and aftertaste: licorice tar bitter chocolate blackberry prune and plum. The tannins are... Deep crimson; its bouquet has a strikingly complex array of black characters that run all the way from the first whiff to the finish and aftertaste: licorice tar bitter chocolate blackberry prune and plum. The tannins are prominent and play their part with each successive sip of the steadily building impact on the very long palate but they are in balance with the fruit and oak of an extremely powerful Grange.
JJB 90
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, May 2011
98% shiraz sourced from the Barossa Valley and the Magill Estate below the Adelaide Hills and 2% cabernet sauvignon. The 55th vintage of Grange. Opaque in color all the way to the rim. Accurately reflecting the nature of... 98% shiraz sourced from the Barossa Valley and the Magill Estate below the Adelaide Hills and 2% cabernet sauvignon. The 55th vintage of Grange. Opaque in color all the way to the rim. Accurately reflecting the nature of the vintage highlights a backwards and closed palate profile emphasizing elegance and intensity over broader richer textures. Flavors of black cherry and chocolate-laced plum are pure and focused and although packed with fruit the textures are not fat or syrupy thanks to a hint of refreshing acidity. With some air more exotic flavors open up slowly on the backpalate and the pure fruit flavors linger tapering beautifully towards a very long finish. The latent power and flavors in this wine will need cellaring to be revealed and this will easily go 40 years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Vintage 2006

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.