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    74
  • Producer ranking ?

    17
  • Decanting time

    5h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Plum pudding pork rack

Parker 100 points/ Very deep garnet-purple in color the 2008 Grange reveals a truly decadent nose with tons of spices, fruit cake and black & blue fruit compote notes along with nuances of chocolate and potpourri. The full and rich, multi-layered palate has a little oak still showing, it is going through a little bit of a structural stand-out stage, but it doesn't detract on the long and complex finish. It still needs a good few years to develop, though this very opulent, expressive Grange shows the very best of this vintage and the vineyards it hails from.

 

“No DNA check required—an immediate familial link to the 1998 Grange convincingly transcends both a decade and the transitional closure of a millennium. Not to forget—proactive fruit selection and fortunate Shiraz picking-dates by Penfolds in the Barossa… escaping the impact of the well-documented 16-day 2008 South Australian heatwave.”

 Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker: 

 

 

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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 2008

VINTAGE CONDITIONS Declared a vintage of two distinct halves, with well-balanced fruit at optimum baume levels achievable with an early harvest. A seamless growing season with steady, early season growth and healthy canopy development. Cool and dry conditions during the start of summer meant that vines were poised for a textbook harvest and conditions were conducive to excellent flavour, colour and phenolic development. New Year temperatures would eventually crescendo in ensuing months, dry conditions would persevere and March the 3rd served as a pivot point—cleaving the vintage into the two well defined halves resulting in a profound difference in quality of fruit picked. Old vines with balanced canopies capitalised on the perfect growing conditions preceding the heat spell. “Weighted-average vintage charts may not do justice to the South Australian harvest in 2008. Penfolds reds will.”

GRAPE VARIETY 98% Shiraz, 2% Cabernet.

MATURATION Matured for 19 months in new American oak hogsheads.

WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 7.0g/L, pH: 3.48.

LAST TASTED January 2013. 

PEAK DRINKING 2016 – 2056. 

FOOD MATCH Plum pudding pork rack, swede, quandong and desert raisin.

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Average Bottle Price

2015
452€

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

16 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Purple and Bright

ending

Long, Vibrant and Pure

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Chocolate, Toasty, Floral and Perfumed

nose

Intense, Complex, Generous and Rich

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, High tannin, Concentrated, Balanced, Good texture, Youthful, Full-bodied, Rich, Vigor, Ripe, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Impressive and Full-bodied

Written Notes

Australia's most famous wine. Sourced from the Barossa, Clare Valley and Magill Estate. It is 98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet. 19 months in new American hogsheads. 89% of the Shiraz came from the Barossa; 9% from the Clare and 2% from Magill. This will surely take its place as one of the very best Granges and completely supports Peter Gago's view that this vintage has received some unfair criticism – it all comes back to whether the fruit was harvested prior to the horrendous heatwave that commenced on 8th March. Near opaque, with a dark purple rim. Seriously concentrated, yet it is impeccably balanced. The nose gives the impression of a taut, tight, tense wine but it explodes on the palate. Licorice, dark chocolate, black fruits, plum pudding notes. Kid leather. A joy. This is a rich wine, seamless and supple. There are powerfully structured tannins and it is a very long wine. This has decades ahead. A fabulous Grange.
  • 97p

The 2008 Penfolds Grange has been named a perfect wine by American critics Wine Spectator and Robert Parker and received 98 points, the highest score by James Halliday in his latest Wine Companion. It is therefore the most highly rated Australian table wine ever, I think.

Yesterday I had the chance to have a tiny taste of the new Grange. Obviously, top quality fruit has gone into it. The wine is made in the traditional way, finishing its fermentation in large American oak. The intensity of the fruit and the big body indicate it is a Grange from a strong year. What is amazing is the elegance this wine achieves already despite the power. The wine has perfect structure and the expected long and lasting finish.

Now comes my gripe: on the mid palate, I tasted a really sweet core which was not balanced by any savoury characteristics. This makes the wine too much in your face. Yes, it is meant to make a powerful statement, but for a perfect wine, I expect ripe fruit to be held in check. I did not find this on this occasion.

My taste was very small. I will have a chance to taste this wine again in a couple of weeks. I will report if my assessment will change as a result. If I could pay for these bottles, I would put my money for 2008s on Henschke's Hill of Grace.

  • 96p
Impenetrable dark core.Somewhat intimidating? Yes. Brazen? Never. An immediate and powerful lift of cola/soy/hoisin/red licorice, propelled by tea-smoke and ferric influences. Less obvious nut-husk/tan-bark notes align with lush aromas of ripe (jamon-wrapped) figs and a panaforte plushness. With air, blueberry fruits and mocha arise, the oak (100% new!) remaining concealed—too much aromatic background chatter to register! A muscular push/wave/affront across the entire palate—from start to finish. Never oppressive nor ungainly,yet captivatingly forceful. i.e. a vinous lava flow of dark licorice and malt—‘molten’, with a self-saucing chocolate pudding richness and blackberry, elderberry fruits. Pronounced tannins are unleashed, and the Clare component makes its (9%) presence felt, adding to both flavour pool and extract. Power and density naturally respectful of balance and structure.

Information

Origin

Magill, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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Inside Information

Released on May the 2nd 2013. Penfolds launched with a controversial RRP at $785, citing high demand in Asia as a reason why they dramatically increased the price just prior to release. Within the year it has been trading at auction between $500 to $650.

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 Thomas Girgensohn, Wine Blogger (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2008  ( Penfolds  )

The 2008 Penfolds Grange has been named a perfect wine by American critics Wine Spectator and Robert Parker and received 98 points, the highest score by James Halliday in his latest Wine Companion. It is therefore the most highly rated Australian table wine ever, I think.

Yesterday I had the chance to have a tiny taste of the new Grange. Obviously, top quality fruit has gone into it. The wine is made in the traditional way, finishing its fermentation in large American oak. The intensity of the fruit and the big body indicate it is a Grange from a strong year. What is amazing is the elegance this wine achieves already despite the power. The wine has perfect structure and the expected long and lasting finish.

Now comes my gripe: on the mid palate, I tasted a really sweet core which was not balanced by any savoury characteristics. This makes the wine too much in your face. Yes, it is meant to make a powerful statement, but for a perfect wine, I expect ripe fruit to be held in check. I did not find this on this occasion.

My taste was very small. I will have a chance to taste this wine again in a couple of weeks. I will report if my assessment will change as a result. If I could pay for these bottles, I would put my money for 2008s on Henschke's Hill of Grace.

8m 29d ago

 Peter Gago / Penfolds, Wine Maker (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2008  ( Penfolds  )

"Impenetrable dark core.Somewhat intimidating? Yes. Brazen? Never.
An immediate and powerful lift of cola/soy/hoisin/red licorice, propelled by tea-smoke and ferric influences.
Less obvious nut-husk/tan-bark notes align with lush aromas of ripe (jamon-wrapped) figs and a panaforte plushness. With air, blueberry fruits and mocha arise, the oak (100% new!) remaining concealed—too much aromatic background
chatter to register!
A muscular push/wave/affront across the entire palate—from start to finish. Never oppressive nor ungainly,yet captivatingly forceful. i.e. a vinous lava flow of dark licorice and malt—‘molten’, with a self-saucing chocolate pudding richness and blackberry, elderberry fruits.
Pronounced tannins are unleashed, and the Clare component makes its (9%) presence felt, adding to both flavour pool and extract. Power and density naturally respectful of balance and structure."

1y 7m ago

94p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2008  ( Penfolds  )

"Deep ruby. Rich, layered, intense and sweet nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, refreshing even if ripe, long finish. 94"

1y 9m ago

97p
 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2008  ( Penfolds  )

"Australia's most famous wine.
Sourced from the Barossa, Clare Valley and Magill Estate. It is 98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet. 19 months in new American hogsheads. 89% of the Shiraz came from the Barossa; 9% from the Clare and 2% from Magill.
This will surely take its place as one of the very best Granges and completely supports Peter Gago's view that this vintage has received some unfair criticism – it all comes back to whether the fruit was harvested prior to the horrendous heatwave that commenced on 8th March.
Near opaque, with a dark purple rim. Seriously concentrated, yet it is impeccably balanced. The nose gives the impression of a taut, tight, tense wine but it explodes on the palate. Licorice, dark chocolate, black fruits, plum pudding notes. Kid leather. A joy.
This is a rich wine, seamless and supple. There are powerfully structured tannins and it is a very long wine.
This has decades ahead.
A fabulous Grange."

4y 7m ago

92p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2008  ( Penfolds  )

"A vivid and concentrated wine with high concentration of vibrant fruit. Lovely dark cacao flavours. Approachable and promising!"

4y 7m ago

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