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Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world.

Grange 1990 was the Wine of the Year in 1995

Amazingly ripe, rich and opulent, with layers of earthy currant, black cherry and anise flavors that are smooth and supple. The silky texture leads into a long, lingering aftertaste that offers echoes of fruit. The tannins are fine but substantial enough to age. Try from 1997 to 2005. 8,000 cases made. —97 points


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The Story

Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia. Grange utilises fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured 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. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district, blending philosophy.

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Vintage 1990

From the 1990 vintage, Grange Hermitage will be labelled simply ‘Grange’ - the name by which it has been known internationally for many years. It is an icon that symbolises Australian quality wine at its highest level. History will record 1990 as one of the great Australian vintages of our generation. The 1990 Penfolds Grange is one of the best yet, with the potential to eventually rival the classic vintages of 1955, 1962 and 1971. Sourced from premium vineyards in South Australia, the 1990 Penfolds Grange is predominantly  Shiraz (Hermitage) with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. With its solid structure and strength of character it will age gracefully and should be carefully cellared for a bare minimum of 10 years, and preferably 25 to 30.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

12 tasting notes

Tasting note


Full, Ruby red and Clear


Long, Spicy and Lingering


Blackberry, Cedar, Herbs, Blackcurrant, Toasty and Leather


Youthful, Generous, Complex and Fresh




Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Concentrated, Balanced, Well-structured, Developing, Full-bodied, Ripe, Fresh, Firm, Dry and Drying tannins


Excellent and Transparent

Written Notes

The star was the 1990 Penfolds Grange. The  complexity of this wine is amazing. Dark cherry, blackberry and mulberry is still very present. There is also mocca and a lifted, aromatic feel - amazing for a wine this old. The mouthfeel is very balanced and lingers on over the very much softened tannins (98 points).

  • 98p
Deep crimson. An ethereal wine with blackberry/ plum/ chocolate/ liquorice aromas and plenty of mocha/ malt oak notes. A rich ripe immensely concentrated wine with generous sweet blackberry/ plum/ dark chocolate flavours, mocha oak, some earthy flavours and velvety smooth tannins. Finishes long and chocolaty. A superb Grange 95% Shiraz 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra Blend. Voted Red Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator magazine in December 1995. A very great Australian vintage with a perfect warm dry growing season and harvest.
  • 97p
Good looking normal size bottle, in an good condition and has bottom neck level. Colour is ruby red, and looking healthy, full and mature. On the nose it is intense, refined, generous and tempting. The taste is full, ripe, perfumed, firm, full-bodied, with well-integrated, balanced and concentrated structure. On the palate it is layered and has mineral, herbs, cedar, tobacco, leather, white fruits, truffles and cassis flavours. The finish is long, extensive, flavorful and vibrant. This wine is transparent, exotic and outstanding. I paid around 1k-3k€ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least 2h before tasting. Good value for money.
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  • 96p



Magill, South Australia

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