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  • Country ranking ?

    72
  • Producer ranking ?

    18
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2045
  • Food Pairing

    Irish lamb stews and hotpots

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 1998

Grange is both Penfolds and Australia's most famous wine and is officially listed as a heritage icon of South Australia. An exceptional vintage, 1998 remains a superbly balanced and sumptuous wine, with all the hallmarks of a great, long-living Grange.

Predominantly Shiraz (97%) with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (3%) from the Penfolds Kalimna and other Barossa Vineyards, with proportions from Padthaway and Magill Estate. Cool spring weather followed by a warm summer and very low rainfall created one of the classic vintages of the last two decades. Fruit quality was outstanding with incredible intensity of flavour, fine tannins and structure. The 1998 vintage of Penfolds Grange ranks amongst the very finest released. James Halliday described it as 

Beautifully perfumed and exotic, opulently rich and seductive plum/apricot/ blackfruit/meaty flavours with toasty/malty/savoury oak and fine velvety sweet tannins.

Winemaker comments by Peter Gago. Bright, almost impenetrable dark red. The nose is youthful and intense with dark, ripened Satsuma plum fruits rising above a base of liqueured dark chocolate and licorice. Overtones of malt, toasty barrel ferment and nutty oak meld effortlessly into an exquisitely aromatic offering. The palate displays intense layering of fruit - raspberry, blackcurrant and blackberry - laced with licorice and oak. The power of the fruit at the fore is balanced with ripe velvety tannins, offering an alluring even-textured palate with remarkable length.

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2013 2010
560€ +14.5% 489€ +18.7% 412€ +20.5% 342€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

24 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Youthful and Brick red

ending

Long, Extensive and Pure

flavors

Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Toasty, Smoky and Floral

nose

Complex, Rich, Forward and Youthful

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, Medium tannin, Balanced, Concentrated, Complex, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Firm, Focused, Powerful and Dry

Verdict

Intelligent and Well made

Written Notes

Bright, almost impenetrable dark red.The nose is youthful and intense with dark, ripened Satsuma plum fruits rising above a base of liqueured dark chocolate and licorice. Overtones of malt, toasty barrel ferment and nutty oak meld effortlessly into an exquisitely aromatic offering.

The palate displays intense layering of fruit - raspberry, blackcurrant and blackberry - laced with licorice and oak. The power of the fruit at the fore is balanced with ripe velvety tannins, offering an alluring even-textured palate with remarkable lengt

Deep ruby, sediments. Rich nose, intense, spices, liquorice, blackberries, blueberries, eucalyptus, layered, deep, incredible depth. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich, fruity, ripe, intense, dark berries, liquorice, exotic spices, mint, layers of lush fruit, incredible length. 98

  • 98p
Deep crimson. A really beautiful wine with deep set blackberry/ dark chocolate/ mocha/ apricot aromas and underlying cedar complexity. An immensely concentrated and powerful wine with plush blackberry/ dark chocolate/ apricot flavours, fine dense ripe velvety tannins and beautifully season toasty/ malt oak. Finishes long and sweet. A great vintage. 97% Shiraz 3% Cabernet Sauvignon Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide) Padthaway Blend. A mild early growing season was followed by very hot dry weather with virtually all damwater reserves exhausted. An exceptional vintage.
  • 99p

Information

Origin

Magill, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

2h

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 Peter Gago / Penfolds, Wine Maker (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 1998  ( Penfolds  )

Bright, almost impenetrable dark red.The nose is youthful and intense with dark, ripened Satsuma plum fruits rising above a base of liqueured dark chocolate and licorice. Overtones of malt, toasty barrel ferment and nutty oak meld effortlessly into an exquisitely aromatic offering.

The palate displays intense layering of fruit - raspberry, blackcurrant and blackberry - laced with licorice and oak. The power of the fruit at the fore is balanced with ripe velvety tannins, offering an alluring even-textured palate with remarkable lengt

18d 6h ago

98p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 1998  ( Penfolds  )

Deep ruby, sediments. Rich nose, intense, spices, liquorice, blackberries, blueberries, eucalyptus, layered, deep, incredible depth. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich, fruity, ripe, intense, dark berries, liquorice, exotic spices, mint, layers of lush fruit, incredible length. 98

1m 25d ago

99p
 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 1998  ( Penfolds  )

"Deep crimson. A really beautiful wine with deep set blackberry/ dark chocolate/ mocha/ apricot aromas and underlying cedar complexity. An immensely concentrated and powerful wine with plush blackberry/ dark chocolate/ apricot flavours, fine dense ripe velvety tannins and beautifully season toasty/ malt oak. Finishes long and sweet. A great vintage. 97% Shiraz 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide) Padthaway Blend. A mild early growing season was followed by very hot dry weather with virtually all damwater reserves exhausted. An exceptional vintage.
"

9m 21d ago

98p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 1998  ( Penfolds  )

"Deep ruby with ruby rim. Liquorice, pepper, very youthfull, intence and still elegant, flirting as only Grange can, at it's best. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, great structure, so complex, slightly sweet, but sweet just for perfection towards the structure, so young, fantastic length, a true beauty, and a future legend in my book. Amazing with this intencity, elegance and structure. Keep a long time. 98"

1y 4m ago

97p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 1998  ( Penfolds  )

"Deep ruby, a blockbuster after the 85 Ausone, still manages to show real finesse, something that allures me with the 98 Grange. Developing slowly, intense, rich, nuanced, balanced, layered, refined, the 76 Grange in the making, fresh, and incredibly long. "

4y 3m ago

95p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 1998  ( Penfolds  )

"Opaque, blueberry colour. Pronounced, etheric, spirity, hazelnuts, chocolate, very seductive sweet spicy nose with mintiness. Classic Australian Shiraz nose. Full-bodied, intense jammy fruitiness with balancing acidity. Very appealing spiciness and long intense finish. Very intense wine with true Australian style but elegance. Lovely chocolate finish. Drinking already but will keep easily 15-20 years. "

4y 3m ago

92p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 1998  ( Penfolds  )

"Drought year, "

4y 6m ago

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