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  • Country ranking ?

    100
  • Producer ranking ?

    21
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now-2030
  • Food Pairing

    Spring lamb served pink with fresh herbs

Parker 98+ points: Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, it’s still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+.

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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 2006

2006 was a relatively early vintage, with low rainfall and warm weather contributing to an early budburst and flowering. Mild to warm weather throughout summer helped the fruit to mature well and assisting rains prior to harvest allowed fruit to ripen with good varietal character. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Long, Round and Extensive

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Coffee and Toasty

nose

Youthful, Complex and Seductive

taste

Medium tannin, Concentrated, Multi-dimensional, Youthful, Full-bodied, Round, Rich and Dry

Written Notes

Penfolds Grange 2006 / Only 2% cabernet included in this vintage, lower than usual, with a majority of fruit from the Barossa – 97%, which was all shiraz, as is the 1% of fruit from Magill. The 2% cab is from Coonawarra. As usual, 100% new American oak. Five years old but still so young. Intense flavours and a real array of them – soy, coffee bean, new leather, dark bitter chocolate, black olives, cloves, a whiff of aniseed. The wine is absolutely immaculately balanced. Powerful, ripe and intense. Long and rich with good acidity behind it. Very fine tannins, perhaps a tiny bit grippy at the moment, while the length of the wine, while maintaining intensity, is eye-popping. This should look even better in 5 to 10 years and has a much longer future. Seriously concentrated but, in comparison with some Granges (and everything is relative, of course), this could even be called elegant. The balance surely ensures that this will be a very long-lived Grange, despite the deception of approachability at the moment. It also is exhibiting the most gorgeous velvety mouthfeel. Definitely a spectacular Grange.
  • 96p
Deep inky purple crimson. Intense brooding blackberry/ dark chocolate/ spice/ ‘roasted’ aromas with mocha/ toasted malt oak. A very youthful, powerful and balanced wine with concentrated generous blackberry/ dark mocha flavours, dense supple/ chocolaty tannins and plenty of new malty/ cedar oak. Finishes chalky firm with remarkable flavour length. Released in 2011. 98% Shiraz 2% Cabernet Sauvignon 98% Barossa Valley Shiraz (including significant contributions from Kalimna and Koonunga Hill Vineyard) 2% Magill Estate Shiraz. A fine Grange vintage, but a short, difficult season. Good winter and spring rainfalls were followed by mild warm conditions over summer. 50 mm of rain at the end of February and a warm burst of weather accelerated ripening. While it rained during vintage, the overall quality of the fruit was excellent.
  • 96p
Deep blood-red, dense core.Very Penfolds, very Barossa, very Grange! Scents, now five years in the making, weave their charm - this aromatic quilt's first-noted brightest colours are panaforte fig and quince paste alongside cured/smoked meats. Its fabric is meshed with spice - cinnamon, vanillin pod, nutmeg and black pepper - tempered by teppanyaki sauces, amaretto/almond. A dark thread connects - black liquorice, olive and fresh Arabica coffee-bean and soy. Background nutty oak (Brazil nut) beneath, yet barely noticed. Freshness and balance are welcomed, yet confuse... a few sips remind of the oft-used reference 'iron fist in a velvet glove'. All is not as it seems! Firm throughout and across palate - reverent tannins and oak convey & propel flavours of slow-roasted lamb (avec jus), dark chocolate, cola, maraschino, with a menthol/rosemary lift to finish. Alluringly, a plush satin/cashmere mouthfeel compounds the initial confusion - accessible, yet poised to evolve and complex over many decades.

Information

Origin

Magill, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

None

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96p
 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2006  ( Penfolds  )

"Deep inky purple crimson. Intense brooding blackberry/ dark chocolate/ spice/ ‘roasted’ aromas with mocha/ toasted malt oak. A very youthful, powerful and balanced wine with concentrated generous blackberry/ dark mocha flavours, dense supple/ chocolaty tannins and plenty of new malty/ cedar oak. Finishes chalky firm with remarkable flavour length. Released in 2011. 98% Shiraz 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
98% Barossa Valley Shiraz (including significant contributions from Kalimna and Koonunga Hill Vineyard) 2% Magill Estate Shiraz. A fine Grange vintage, but a short, difficult season. Good winter and spring rainfalls were followed by mild warm conditions over summer. 50 mm of rain at the end of February and a warm burst of weather accelerated ripening. While it rained during vintage, the overall quality of the fruit was excellent.
"

1y 2m ago

 Peter Gago / Penfolds, Wine Maker (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2006  ( Penfolds  )

"Deep blood-red, dense core.Very Penfolds, very Barossa, very Grange!
Scents, now five years in the making, weave their charm - this aromatic quilt's first-noted brightest colours are panaforte fig and quince paste alongside cured/smoked meats. Its fabric is meshed with spice - cinnamon, vanillin pod, nutmeg and black pepper - tempered by teppanyaki sauces, amaretto/almond.
A dark thread connects - black liquorice, olive and fresh Arabica coffee-bean and soy. Background nutty oak (Brazil nut) beneath, yet barely noticed.

Freshness and balance are welcomed, yet confuse... a few sips remind of the oft-used reference 'iron fist in a velvet glove'. All is not as it seems!
Firm throughout and across palate - reverent tannins and oak convey & propel flavours of slow-roasted lamb (avec jus), dark chocolate, cola, maraschino, with a menthol/rosemary lift to
finish. Alluringly, a plush satin/cashmere mouthfeel compounds the initial confusion -
accessible, yet poised to evolve and complex over many decades."

1y 6m ago

90p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2006  ( Penfolds  )

"Deep ruby. Scented, liquorice, massive nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich, sweet, alcohol shines through, sweet. Long. 90"

1y 9m ago

96p
 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2006  ( Penfolds  )

"Penfolds Grange 2006 / Only 2% cabernet included in this vintage, lower than usual, with a majority of fruit from the Barossa – 97%, which was all shiraz, as is the 1% of fruit from Magill. The 2% cab is from Coonawarra. As usual, 100% new American oak.
Five years old but still so young. Intense flavours and a real array of them – soy, coffee bean, new leather, dark bitter chocolate, black olives, cloves, a whiff of aniseed.
The wine is absolutely immaculately balanced. Powerful, ripe and intense. Long and rich with good acidity behind it. Very fine tannins, perhaps a tiny bit grippy at the moment, while the length of the wine, while maintaining intensity, is eye-popping. This should look even better in 5 to 10 years and has a much longer future. Seriously concentrated but, in comparison with some Granges (and everything is relative, of course), this could even be called elegant. The balance surely ensures that this will be a very long-lived Grange, despite the deception of approachability at the moment. It also is exhibiting the most gorgeous velvety mouthfeel.
Definitely a spectacular Grange.
"

2y 26d ago

98p
 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2006  ( Penfolds  )

"Deep, dark and brooding. Purple rim. Wave after wave of perfumes and fragrances flow endlessly. Dark bitter chocolate, a whiff of aniseed, black olives, cloves, coffee beans, leather. Absolute immaculate balance. This is powerful, ripe, intense, rich and very long. Nice acid backing and some fairly serious tannins in place. A wonderfully velvety mouthfeel. This has great length. Concentrated tannin action but all balanced. Seamless. First class Grange. Will go down as one of the best. Better to leave this in the cellar for at least five to ten. Longer if possible. It is deceptive in that it appears quite approachable at the moment, but surely leaving it alone will draw forth greater rewards.
98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet. The Cabernet comes from Coonawarra. Of the remainder, 97% is Barossa Shiraz and the final 1% is Magill Shiraz. 100% new American oak, as usual. 14.5% alcohol. Peter Gago sees it as a mix of the 2002 and 2004, which can't be a bad thing.
What is it about even-year Grange? Yet again, the even-year wine is a stunner. In recent decades, think 1990, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, this wine and 2008 – the only odd-year to challenge these is the wonderful 1991, and perhaps the 1999.
"

4y 7m ago

92p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2006  ( Penfolds  )

"2inches rain "

4y 11m ago

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