Penfolds Grange is arguably the most famous Australian wine and certainly one of the best. The 1992 vintage is deep crimson, with ripe blackcurrant pastille, dark chocolate, Provençal herb aromas. The palate is well concentrated with pure blackcurrant, dark cherry flavours, savory, malty oak and long fine grainy, cedary tannins. Finishes long and bitter sweet.
Medium-full purple/red. Bright and direct blackberry/cherry/cedar aromas with hints of mint and pepper. Palate is lightly textured with sweet, blackberry/raspberry fruit flavours and some spice and pepper, moderate concentration, pronounced, chewy tannins
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion
, Jan 1997, 96
Outstanding dense but bright purple-red; a powerful, concentrated bouquet with blackberry, mulberry and licorice aromas, and the oak seemingly more restrained than is usual. A powerful but impeccably balanced and structured wine, redolent of black cherry, licorice and mulberry fruit flavours; oozing class, breeding and staying power. It will be very interesting to watch the development of this wine versus the much-vaunted '90 and '91 vintages.
, Feb 2002, 92
This is a very aromatic Grange that seems to be the product of a vintage where the wines are showing extremely well young. It is dense purple, with a sweet blackberry/cherry nose and some subtle cedar and licorice in the background, unctuously textured, thick, full, without as many nuances of some of the greatest vintages of Grange, but very concentrated and dense. Anticipated maturity: now-2017.
, Oct 1997, 94
Ripe, smoky and spicy, this is a wine of extraordinary subtlety and complexity, powerful without showing too much muscle. It layers its anise, black cherry and blackberry flavors to keep them zingy through the finish. Shows a lot of depth and surprising restraint. Best from 2002 through 2005
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