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Penfolds Grange 2001

Winery: Penfolds
Region: South Australia
Wine: Grange
Variety: Shiraz
Vintage: 2001
UOM: Magnum (1.5L)

"It is always a treat to taste Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds’ Grange cuvee (the word Hermitage has been dropped because of legal issues). The 2001 Grange is one of the few vintages of this cuvee to be composed of 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, and 2000). Aged 17 months in 100% American oak, and tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, the 2001 is undeniably one of the top examples of this wine. At this stage, it appears to eclipse the 1998 and 1996. Inky/blue/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, graphite, and earth, it boasts good acidity, huge tannins, magnificent concentration, and a multilayered, textured mouthfeel. It is a big, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz that should shed some of its structure and tannin over the next 4-5 years. 98+ Points/Drink 2010-2030+" - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

"An hour after opening: Very dark blackish crimson. Very powerful and intense. Tar and alcohol and sweet American oak – still very embryonic. Tough oaky finish. Not mellifluous. Very tough finish. Sweet and medicinal but it may age more gracefully. Tough finish with the acidity very obvious. Not harmonious. 24 hours later: very round and supple and seductive – enormous power and only very slight syrupiness. The fruit, acidity and tannin had harmonised, as they tend to do in bottle over the years, so that the aggressive elements were muted and what was dominant was the intensely South Australian fruit – still tar and sweet oak with more than a hint of cough medicine, but gentle. 18+ Points/Drink 2015-2025" - Jancis Robinson, Jancis

Price $1999.00
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