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Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Shiraztext

Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Shiraz 2017

South Australia, Australia2021 marks the 70th anniversary (1951 experimental–2021) of Grange in the marketplace, a wine that could be credited with putting the Australian wine industry on the world wine map. The multi-regional blend was the brainchild of winemaker Max Schubert, one of four chief winemakers to make Grange over the last 70 years. The latest iteration only cements my belief that winemaker Peter Gago has firmly grasped the baton and will likely be as inspirational in keeping this wine in the top ten of wines made anywhere in the world for a long time to come. As Peter has said, “The numbers have it: In its 70th anniversary year, this is only the 7th Grange to proclaim 100% shiraz, namely 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, 2000, 2011, and now 2017. A 10% Shiraz hit-rate.” It might be the most drinkable Grange ever to come out of the Penfolds lineup at this stage in its life. The colour is purple/black after spending 18 months in new American oak hogsheads. The nose is classic toast and smoke with fragrant, spicy, savoury blueberry, plummy fruit that lingers forever. The palate is rich but glossy, with dense, fine-grained tannin under the smoked meat, blackberry, and chocolate. Best of all, the finish goes on for an eternity. Is it one of the best? We won’t know for sure for another 25 years.Tasted: 10 September 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
AB$999.95750mlselect private retailers
MB$999.99750mlManitoba Liquor Mart
Producer: PenfoldsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 336388UPC: 012354071100