Grange is arguably Australia’s most famous wine and is officially listed as a Heritage icon of South Australia. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.
Unmistakably Grange on the nose ripe, pungent, confronting, wrapped in darker elements (soy/cola/peat/ coal-dust, black liquorice with sesame, sea-weed, quince paste), followed by coffee & bitter chocolate overtones.
The palate is balanced and accessible; fresh and tight, defined by flavours of dates, freshly baked pecan-pie, custard tart. The oak is omnipresent, yet neither prominent nor ostentatious—completely assimilated. The tannins are neither obstructive nor aggressive, yet effortlessly conveying flavours. Maturated 21 months in barrel and three years in bottle.
The 2007 vintage was challenging with low winter temperatures and accompanied by low winter rainfall. Dry conditions persisted throughout the growing season and resulted in low yields. Fruit ripened relatively quickly and was selectively
harvested earlier, parcel by parcel, pursuing full flavours, structure and balance.Penfolds
The 2007 Penfolds Grange is comprised of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon coming predominately from Barossa vineyards with smaller proportions from Magill Estate and McLaren Vale. It was matured for 21 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads.
Very deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is intensely scented of vibrant blueberry preserve, mulberry and kirsch aromas over hints of cedar, mocha, vanilla and anise. The full bodied palate is richly fruited with pure black berry and baking spice flavors offset by crisp acidity and a firm level of velvety tannins, finishing long. This is quite an opulent, forward Grange, which is very tempting to drink now, though of course will reward at least 5-10 years of cellaring and should keep to 2030+.
(Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate - May 2012)