1992 Penfolds "Grange" Shiraz South Australia
Outstanding dense but bright purple-red; a powerful, concentrated bouquet with blackberry, mulberry and licorice aromas, and the oak seemingly more restrained than is usual. A powerful but impeccably balanced and structured wine, redolent of black cherry, licorice and mulberry fruit flavours; oozing class, breeding and staying power. It will be very interesting to watch the development of this wine versus the much-vaunted '90 and '91 vintages. (Tasted 4/1997) Drink by: 2022.
Ripe, smoky and spicy, this is a wine of extraordinary subtlety and complexity, powerful without showing too much muscle. It layers its anise, black cherry and blackberry flavors to keep them zingy through the finish. Shows a lot of depth and surprising restraint. Best to cellar until 2002 to 2005.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a very aromatic Grange that seems to be the product of a vintage where the wines are showing extremely well young. It is dense purple, with a sweet blackberry/cherry nose and some subtle cedar and licorice in the background, unctuously textured, thick, full, without as many nuances of some of the greatest vintages of Grange, but very concentrated and dense. Anticipated maturity: now-2017.
92 points, Neil Martin: "This is an excellent Grange that is really coming into its own. The palate is ripe and succulent, with kirsch, menthol and dark fruits bursting from the glass as if they have just been let out of prison. The palate is full-bodied, layers of sweet, ‘slutty’ black fruits that are rounded and caressing in texture. Again there is that hint of menthol, but the overall impression is that this Grange has more to give in the future. Sit on it for a while. Drink 2011-2020+ Tasted December 2008." (Wine Journal, eRobertParker.com, 7/2009)