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  • Country ranking ?

    45
  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    8h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Venison with Red Wine Sauce

“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

 

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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 2010

Healthy winter rains in the Barossa Valley were followed by a dry and mild-to-warm spring which aided budburst. Consistent and slower growth continued and overlaid flowering and fruit set. December temperatures were much cooler, offering vines ideal growing conditions leading to veraison in early January. Summer rainfall came early which was followed by dry, warm weather, alleviating any disease concerns. Mild conditions followed during harvest, with yields in some vineyards below average due to the dry season overall. The fruit from these regions showcases excellent colour, concentrated flavour development and integrated tannins – hallmarks of a stand-out 2010 vintage.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Clear

ending

Long, Extensive and Pure

nose

Seductive and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Developing, Full-bodied, Vigor and Fruity

Verdict

Transparent and Sexy

Written Notes

Black to the core, purple on the rim. An immediate barrel-ferment propulsion – sweet and candied, with a peaty, iodine, green olive base. Beneath this, a barely-concealed swirl of Vegemite/yeast extract/concentrated salt-paste - laced with paprika, oregano ower and thyme.
A slurry of cocoa powder, a scented waft of black pudding, and a splash of nori-roll/sea-spray temporarily balance this aromatic equation.
But then, a minute or two later all changes...

Dense, paste-like texture and weight. A balsamic liveliness/lift/energy is unleashed.
Tannins focus on the roof of the mouth, laden with an additional lm of (85% cacao) dark chocolate, mocha. A mix of quince and sesame-paste laden with basted meats and saturated stewed plum, boysenberry, blueberry. Tightly bound – wait for decompression! Complete, Con dent, Convincing.

Deep ruby. Ripe, rich, intense, detailed, complex, layered, dark fruits, spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, layered, detailed, spicey, nuanced, rich and intense, dark fruits, very long indeed. 97
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Magill, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

2h

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Inside Information

Released in October 2014. This is the first time that Grange has been released at this time of year. It is unlikely that this tactic will result in any extra premium being paid for it in the medium term.

 

GRAPE VARIETY 96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINEYARD REGION Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Magill Estate

WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.9 g/L, pH: 3.57

MATURATION 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads

 

NOSE An immediate barrel-ferment propulsion – sweet and candied, with a peaty, iodine, green olive base. Beneath this, a barely-concealed swirl of Vegemite/yeast extract/concentrated salt-paste - laced with paprika, oregano flower and thyme.A slurry of cocoa powder, a scented waft of black pudding, and a splash of nori-roll/sea-spray temporarily balance this aromatic equation But then, a minute or two later all changes…

PALATE Dense, paste-like texture and weight. A balsamic liveliness/lift/energy is unleashed. Tannins focus on the roof of the mouth, laden with an additional film of (85% cacao) dark chocolate, mocha. A mix of quince and sesame-paste laden with basted meats and saturated stewed plum, boysenberry, blueberry. Tightly bound – wait for decompression! Complete, Confident, Convincing.

 

Parker 99 points: 

The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in color, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced - replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. If I have any very slight complaint of this near perfect wine it is that it seems a little too clinical and appears to speak less of the land and the heart of South Australia and more of the very skilled winemaking than did the Grange from the magical 2008 vintage.

 

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 Peter Gago / Penfolds, Wine Maker (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2010  ( Penfolds  )

Black to the core, purple on the rim. An immediate barrel-ferment propulsion – sweet and candied, with a peaty, iodine, green olive base. Beneath this, a barely-concealed swirl of Vegemite/yeast extract/concentrated salt-paste - laced with paprika, oregano ower and thyme.
A slurry of cocoa powder, a scented waft of black pudding, and a splash of nori-roll/sea-spray temporarily balance this aromatic equation.
But then, a minute or two later all changes...

Dense, paste-like texture and weight. A balsamic liveliness/lift/energy is unleashed.
Tannins focus on the roof of the mouth, laden with an additional lm of (85% cacao) dark chocolate, mocha. A mix of quince and sesame-paste laden with basted meats and saturated stewed plum, boysenberry, blueberry. Tightly bound – wait for decompression! Complete, Con dent, Convincing.

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2010  ( Penfolds  )

"Deep ruby. Ripe, rich, intense, detailed, complex, layered, dark fruits, spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, layered, detailed, spicey, nuanced, rich and intense, dark fruits, very long indeed. 97"

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