• Penfolds Grange 2012 99 x 2

    Penfolds Grange 2012

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    99pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    99pts James Halliday

    98pts Decanter

    98pts James Suckling

    "In the flesh it is majestically complex, superbly focused and intense, and wondrously balanced. It has every black fruit flavour known to man or woman, and will become more magical with each passing decade. ~ James Suckling

    Not much to add here, winelovers, except that we're the best price on the web, BY $49.00!! It's what we like to call the opportunity of a lifetime... Needless to say, stock is limited. First come, first served. This is an iconic wine the likes of which are few and quite far between. Have you got room in your cellar for this Grange??

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s, Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Grange sports an earthy/meaty nose with notes of tree bark, dusty earth, underbrush and chargrill over a core of dried mulberries and Christmas cake, plus hints of pepper and baking spices. Rich, medium to full-bodied and seductive, it has spicy layers and a long meaty/savory finish. Drink 2019-2045." Oct 2017

    James Halliday: "This vintage was destined to be one of the greatest Granges. In the flesh it is majestically complex, superbly focused and intense, and wondrously balanced. It has every black fruit flavour known to man or woman, and will become more magical with each passing decade. Oh for a screwcap." Aug 2017

    Decanter: "A blend of 98% Shiraz and a leavening of just 2% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. This latest Grange is a typical, deeply saturated ruby in colour with an immensely seductive aromatic quality. Aromas of smoked meats, coconut and roasted coffee oak with a balsamic hint lead into a wonderful full-throttle, tongue-enveloping blackberry richness suffused with mocha, liquorice spiciness and a black olive background. A textured framework of tight but fine-grained tannins contains the fruit. The drinking window will open relatively early in three to four years and stay open for another 30 years plus. Drinking Window 2019 - 2050. "

    James Suckling: "A simple split between the Barossa Valley (81%) and McLaren Vale (19%), this has all the hallmarks of a great Grange. Deep and ripe dark-plum and black-cherry aromas lead the nose, and there's plum cake here too that's really ripe and deeply spicy. The 100% new American oak has been thoroughly subsumed below tarry and savory brooding notes of black licorice and olive tapenade. The palate's incredibly poised and has richness with composure driven by tight-knit tannins and plenty of ripe dark-plum and cherry-fruit flavors. It is neatly crafted, powerful yet contained and smoothly rendered into the finish. This is a powerful vintage that has been cleverly polished and tamed in the winery; it will live long. Best from 2025 and for two decades after that." Jan 2017

    Winery:   "Colour: Dense and imposing. Dark... RED! Nose: Unmistakably, it is what it is. In a word, Grange. (Almost) all unleashed immediately upon the rst splash into the glass – exuberant, lifted, amboyant. An aromatic ‘multi-cultural’ chromatogram brazenly unfolds: First, enticing barrel ferment formics and balsamics, spliced with soy, tomato puree, black olive and liquorice (Dutch?). Then, the exotics - wafts of tiramisu/mascarpone/zabaglione (Italy?), replete with freshly roasted hazelnut and ground coffee beans (Kenya?) 30 seconds later... Palate: Fresh and re ned. Nervy. Red liquorice, gravy reduction avours and black olive tapenade to the fore. And then, just so much more! Where to start? Compelling depth - weighty/voluminous/ eshy - structurally complete and even throughout. A radiant inner sheen, yet still assertive – a lm encrusted with dusty, softened tannins that coat tongue. Great length. A loss of innocence, as sculptured oak (purity/clean) and a boundless array of red fruits, congeal into a darkened pool of (un)known and (un)savoury delights! Unashamedly and quite blatantly THE wine of this year’s Penfolds 2016 new releases! Enough said. Peak drinking window: 2018-2055."

    "Sometimes tasting notes such as these are difficult to articulate. Not this time. Channelling the 2010 Grange - an unfolding kaleidoscopic vinous mosaic of charm, allure, character and cerebral reward."
    "Complete. Stylistically, most closely aligned to the 1963 Grange and yet stridently extolling its own personality."
    "Can’t quite remember when or where... and probably not about a wine, but recently scribed: Luxury that treads lightly!" ~ Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

    Bottle 750ml, cork                                               
    Varietal  98% Shiraz, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Alcohol  14.5%
    Acidity 6.8g/L
    pH 3.63
    Aging 18 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads
    Region Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale,  Australia