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1997 Penfolds "Grange" Shiraz South Australia

SKU #999522 94 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark Medium to full red, with just a touch of purple remaining; powerful, complex dark fruits, chocolate and savoury lemon/vanilla oak on the bouquet, then a similarly powerful palate where earth and chocolate join the chorus of flavours promised by the bouquet; persistent tannins, of course. It's hard to suggest this will be regarded as a great Grange in 20 years or so, but it is nonetheless in the mainstream of Grange style. Inner quote mark (6/2002)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1997 Grange (a blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) looks to be a classic Grange, although slightly softer and more forward than the backward 1996. The saturated purple-colored 1997 offers a gorgeously sweet nose of blackberry liqueur, cherries, camphor, chocolate, plums, and mocha. The wine is opulently-textured, extremely soft, layered, and seductive, with Grange's tell-tale personality well-displayed, but in a seamless, seductive style. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2002)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep, dark ruby-red. Heady, superripe aromas of black plum, blackcurrant, blueberry and treacle, richly endowed with dark chocolate, vanilla and creamy oak; hints of mint and eucalyptus in the background. Silky-smooth, rich and creamy; remarkably approachable given its relative youth. Dripping with ripe black fruits and wrapped in firm but velvety tannins. A very good but not great Grange made without any suggestion of the portiness or overextraction so often shown by many of its imitators. (JO) Inner quote mark (7/2002)

K&L Notes

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


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