“A kaleidoscopic sensorial unfolding!” “Be warned – a deception of approachability invoked via a tightroped/exacting balance and fruited/structural charm.” “Worth the wait – after a one decade deliberation this wine strenuously asserts Grange’s positioning in the new millennium!” Peter Gago. Penfolds Chief Winemaker.
Deep inky purple to crimson. A Grange of remarkable power and finesse. A classic ‘iron fist in velvet glove’ style, with seductive inky, elderberry, blackberry fruit, star anise, leafy nuances and mocha oak. An extravagant and expressive palate with saturated musky, inky, blackberry, elderberry fruit, plentiful satinlike tannins and underlying ginger, mocha oak. Superb fruit and tannin ripeness, wonderful concentration and balance. A classically structured and beautifully proportioned Grange with superb ageing potential. 96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills (close to Magill), McLaren Vale, Magill Estate (Adelaide). Drinking Window: 2020 - 2060
2010 holds a privileged position in the 60 year lineage of Penfolds Grange. In the context of recent tastings of many of the greatest vintages, 2010 attains new heights in its depth of black fruit presence and its structural assuredness. I adore 2008 Grange and, tasting them together, 2010 is even deeper and more vibrant, exuding another dimension of distinguished grace, precision, concentration, scaffolded structure and seamless, enduring persistence. There is a coiled reticence to the bouquet, skirting black plum, liquorice and dark chocolate, opening into breathtaking violet fragrance. The palate is unyielding, yet immensely structured. Magnificently voluptuous, yet elegantly coiled and bright. Silky and irresistible, yet untouchable and enduring. Tannins are a revelation, with a finesse and a chalk-fine texture impossible for such a resilient and powerful frame. Penfolds Grange 2010 is definitively on a plane of its own: the greatest young Australian wine I have ever tasted. A blend of 96% shiraz and 4% cabernet, from Barossa (85%), Clare, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill. Drink: 2030-2060,'
100 points, Tyson Stezler
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.'
99 points, James Halliday