Penfolds `Grange Bin 95` Shiraz 2012 (1 x 750mL), SA.

Description:

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Sometimes tasting notes such as these are difficult to articulate. Not this time. Channelling the 2010 Grange - an unfolding kaleidoscopic vinous mosaic of charm, allure, character and cerebral reward.”

“Complete. Stylistically, most closely aligned to the 1963 Grange and yet stridently extolling its own personality.”

“Can’t quite remember when or where… and probably not about a wine, but recently scribed: Luxury that treads lightly!” PETER GAGO PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER

The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy,

Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia.

Crafted utilising fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and structured Shiraz grapes, the result is a unique Australian

style that is now recognised as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. With an unbroken line of

vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils

and climates of South Australia.

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Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Sometimes tasting notes such as these are difficult to articulate. Not this time. Channelling the 2010 Grange - an unfolding kaleidoscopic vinous mosaic of charm, allure, character and cerebral reward.”

“Complete. Stylistically, most closely aligned to the 1963 Grange and yet stridently extolling its own personality.”

“Can’t quite remember when or where… and probably not about a wine, but recently scribed: Luxury that treads lightly!” PETER GAGO PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER

The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy,

Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia.

Crafted utilising fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and structured Shiraz grapes, the result is a unique Australian

style that is now recognised as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. With an unbroken line of

vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils

and climates of South Australia.

State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Rating 99 - James Halliday - Published on 01 Aug 2017

Bottle no. AV697. This vintage was destined to be one of the greatest Granges. In the flesh it is majestically complex, superbly focused and intense, and wondrously balanced. It has every black fruit flavour known to man or woman, and will become more magical with each passing decade. Oh for a screwcap.

Rating 99 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown 233, The Wine Advocate 1st Nov 2017

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Grange sports an earthy/meaty nose with notes of tree bark, dusty earth, underbrush and chargrill over a core of dried mulberries and Christmas cake, plus hints of pepper and baking spices. Rich, medium to full-bodied and seductive, it has spicy layers and a long meaty/savory finish.

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Dense and imposing. Dark… RED!

Nose

Unmistakably, it is what it is. In a word, Grange. (Almost) all unleashed immediately upon the first splash into the glass – exuberant, lifted, flamboyant. An aromatic ‘multi-cultural’ chromatogram brazenly unfolds: First, enticing barrel ferment formics and balsamics, spliced with soy, tomato puree, black olive and liquorice (Dutch?).

Then, the exotics - wafts of tiramisu/mascarpone/zabaglione (Italy?), replete with freshly roasted hazelnut

and ground coffee beans (Kenya?) 30 seconds later…

Palate

Fresh and refined. Nervy. Red liquorice, gravy reduction flavours and black olive tapenade to the fore. And then, just so much more! Where to start? Compelling depth - weighty/voluminous/fleshy - structurally complete and even throughout. A radiant inner sheen, yet still assertive – a film encrusted with dusty, softened tannins that coat tongue. Great length. A loss of innocence, as sculptured oak (purity/clean) and a boundless array of red fruits, congeal into a darkened pool of (un)known and (un)savoury delights! Unashamedly and quite blatantly THE wine of this year’s Penfolds 2016 new releases! Enough said.

PEAK DRINKING 2018 - 2055

Winery Profile

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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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Other Information

  • 2012 vintage
  • 1 x 750mL unit
  • South Australia
  • Cork closure
  • 14.5% alc.
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