1996 Penfolds "Grange" Shiraz South Australia

SKU #995073 97 points James Halliday

 Medium to full red-purple, still bright after five years, vibrant cherry and plum fruit aromas more than handle the oak on the bouquet; the palate is sumptuous, but not heavy, the cherry and plum flavours tracking the bouquet. The wine has a very long finish, with fine, integrated tannins. Destined to become one of the great Granges. *Five Stars*  (7/2011)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 As unevolved as they are, the dense and multilayered aromas and flavors are truly impressive here. Black currant, herb, tea, oak, vanilla, maple, anise, blueberries and more--it could be an excercise in overkill, if all the parts weren't in such fine harmony. Really big, but with excellent balance, this reveals much less now than the RWT. It is everything a flagship wine in its infancy should be--immaculate component parts, superbly full on the palate, possessed of great length and incredible potential. An absolute keeper to visit in 7, 15 or 25 years. *Cellar Selection*  (3/2001)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet colored, 1996 Grange is scented with stewed plums, warm cherries and mince meat with hints of Ceylon tea, black olives and Chinese five spice. Medium-full bodied and with a generous amount of flesh on the palate, it gives very crisp acid and a medium-firm level of grainy tannins, finishing long. The layered complexity of this wine is just beginning to emerge, promising better things to come. (LPB)  (1/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Firm in texture, with slightly gritty tannins around a gorgeous beam of black cherry, blueberry and plum flavors. This is beautifully focused and complete on the nose, but it's a bit chewy on the palate. Built for aging. Needs some rich food to balance the tannins at this point. Gets better as it warms in the glass. (HS, Web Only-2008)

92 points Vinous

 Ruby-red. Complex, high-toned, oak-driven aromas of mocha, flowers, spices, bourbon, peat, licorice, vanilla, cigar tobacco and earth. Juicy and penetrating, with strong mineral, lead pencil, espresso and tobacco flavors. Has a solid backbone and noteworthy grip, but shows no hard edges. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and excellent length. (ST)  (8/2001)

Jancis Robinson

 Fruit from Barossa Valley -- Kalimna, McLaren Vale, Magill. After good autumn rains and a well above-average July rainfall (wettest July at Magill in 10 years), the weather pattern changed with August and September both dry and the October-April growing season less than half the long-term mean. Weather during flowering was fine and a good berry-set reported. Very good year for Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. 94% Shiraz, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. 18 months in new American oak hogsheads. pH 3.41, TA 7.2 g/l.Bit tarry and dusty. Very middle aged with the fruit submerged in mineral elements currently but I suspect it will be great. Drink 2014 - 2034. 17.5+/20 points.  (6/2011)

K&L Notes

Penfolds Grange has been Australia's premier wine offering for decades, winning numerous accolades. It is highly sought after by collectors, with vintages that go back to the 1950s. It is even listed as a "Heritage Icon of South Australia."

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