1996 Penfolds Grange Shiraz, 14.0%


I’d waited impatiently for my birthday to arrive, as that was the designated occasion to open this wine. With four of us at the table, a rare roast fillet of beef, potatoes, and large Aussie Riedel shiraz glasses and we were ready to go.
The colour was deep, intense red with a ruby tinge, inviting just to look into it. The nose is a power packed cacopheny of complex aromas that take some sorting. Blackcurrent, earth, mushroom and a good deal of fine black pepper. Some dusty vanillan oak, cigar box. saddle leather – and you can keep going if you like. It’s all intense, complex and powerful.
The palate was described by our ladies as sexy, voluptuous and masculine – not dull like some men can be! Chocolate, licorice, leather, very ripe plums, blackberry, blueberry and some savouriness. Tannins are obvious but fine and not intrusive. It has an amazingly intense and concentrated texture, superb structure and balance with controlled power. There is a long and dreamlike finish that goes way down. It was a pleasure to enjoy the icon in this pristine condition, and on this tasting it will cellar for an awfully long time. Jeremy Oliver of Onwine sums it up more expertly and scores it at 19.5 –
A cracker of a Grange; full deep red with ruby edges. Perfumed, heady aromas of black and red berries of rare concentration partnered by sweet vanilla/chocolate/coconut oak and scented with cracked pepper. Succulent, sumptuous palate of wonderful concentration, length and persistence, finely and precisely structured with everything imaginable in perfect place and balance. An essay in controlled power. 19.5, drink 2026-2036

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