2010 Penfolds "Grange" Shiraz South Australia (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $700)

SKU #1180508 100 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Shows super fresh and vivid blue and black berries and a defiantly primary feel to the wine. Plenty of spice and tarry elements, too. There’s a lot to like here, barely getting started. Similar to 1990, but a notch or two superior. There’s an attractive, crisp-cut edge to the tannins, immense richness and impressive resolve. A great Grange. Inner quote mark (7/2021)

99 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark The core of this wine is Barossa Valley Shiraz (85%) the remaining 15% Shiraz (and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) from the Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate. In time honoured fashion, it finished its fermentation in 100% new American oak hogsheads, where it spent the next 17 months. It has exceptional hue and depth to the colour; the smoky complexity to the black fruits (no red or blue) of the bouquet also offers licorice and earth aromas; only a great Burgundy could have more nuances defined each time you revert to the bouquet. You could lose yourself, Narcissus-like, looking endlessly into the reflection of the palate; for all its power, there is not a hair out of place, the tannins outstanding. There is not the slightest question this will be one of the greatest Granges in the pantheon of '52, '55, '71, '96 and '06. Inner quote mark (9/2014)

99 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in color, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced - replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. If I have any very slight complaint of this near perfect wine it is that it seems a little too clinical and appears to speak less of the land and the heart of South Australia and more of the very skilled winemaking than did the Grange from the magical 2008 vintage. (LPB) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

99 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This inky, embryonic wine deserves to be cellared until at least 2025 and should drink well for at least 25 years after that. It takes its time opening up in the glass to reveal notes of grilled meat, vanilla and plum. In the mouth, it's full bodied and firmly built, with a wall of chewy tannins surrounding a deep ripe core. *Cellar Selection* (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2016)

98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The deep spectrum of dark flavours – wild blackberry, mulberry, liquorice – speaks in an imposing baritone. The palate is rich, full and even, riding on a velvet carpet through the mid-palate, but then the curtain falls abruptly, suggesting more than its tightly wound finish currently reveals. This vintage remains a slightly impetuous youth growing into its skin, as behind the plush fruit there are tight tannins that still have a prickly edge. Let’s look again in another decade. (DS) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Focused, elegant, powerful and layered, with plum, currant, floral, spice and coffee flavors that come together seamlessly and persist on the long and complex finish. Has presence and deftness in equal measure, exhibiting well-integrated tannins. *Collectible* (HS) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

K&L Notes

This is the 60th vintage for the legendary Penfolds Grange. In an interview with Decanter magazine, head winemaker Peter Gago described the 2010 as "an oustanding vintage which compares to the 1990, 1976, and 1955."

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