1990 Penfolds "Grange" Shiraz South Australia
Magnificent, exotic, a veritable cascade of opulent flavors--earthy currant, black cherry and licorice--on a grand frame of incredible length, wrapped in finely grained tannins. Feels like it can age through 2010 or 2020, at least.--Penfolds Grange vertical. 8,000 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-brick colored, the 1990 Penfolds Grange has an evolved, earthy character of damp loam, black truffles and tar with an underlying core of figs, dried mulberries, salami and aniseed. There's a good amount of savory flesh supported by a crisp acid line and medium to firm level chewy tannins, finishing long with some smoked meat coming through. Drink this one now to 2020+.
Fruit from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra. A totally trouble-free growing season enabled grapes to ripen perfectly. Vintage conditions were also ideal, enabling fruit to be harvested and processed without compromising quality in any way. 95% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 18 months in new American oak hogsheads. pH 3.36, TA 7.1 g/l. Big rich dusty. Cusp of drinkability. Easy molten wine gums. Very satisfying. (18/20 points)
Penfolds Grange has been Australia's premier wine offering for decades, and has won numerous accolades. With vintages that go back to the 1950s, Grange is highly sought after by collectors. It is even listed as a "Heritage Icon of South Australia." 94 point Neal Martin: "Tasted at the Fine Wine Experience “Dream Fourteen” tasting with Peter Gago, the Grange ’90 is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Barossa, Clare Valley and Coonawarra, matured for 100% new American oak hogsheads. Sourced directly from Penfolds’ library reserves, the “Grange” 90 seems to have barely aged since we last met in 2006. Once again, the nose demands coaxing but eventually reveals notes of blackberry, brambly black fruits, a touch of game…perhaps a scintilla of ox blood. Good definition. The palate is full-bodied and appears to have put on a touch more weight. Very well balanced with smooth tannins and “exuberant” flavours of macerated red cherries, wild strawberry and a touch of peppermint, with the Shiraz continuing to impart that Northern Rhone-like finish. Superb. Drink 2012-2030+" (Wine Journal, 09/2010)