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  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    from 2018
  • Food Pairing

    Garlic Roasted Pork Shoulder

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 2011

Vintage 2011 / With above-average winter rainfalls and cool conditions that followed during the spring period, South Australian regions generally experienced a later budburst and viticultural pressures impacted to varying degrees across the state. Meticulous vineyard management was critical. Spring soil moisture levels resulted in healthy shoot growth and early canopy development. Healthy vegetative growth continued during the cooler spring months and delayed veraison and berry development in the New Year. A few warm days at the end of January guaranteed the completion of veraison and commencement of the ripening season. Careful canopy management across vineyards including Magill Estate ensured good light penetration into the fruit zone. With a focus on warmer regions, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley fruit sourcing prevailed. Whilst rain events are documented, they were often isolated, and attention to detail was required with selective harvesting of pristine fruit

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Deep and dense dark red / Instantly Grange – aromatically heralded from glass to nose via trademark formic and barrel ferment markers. Majestic.
Arguably a less-regal unfolding of sarsaparilla, creamy soda/cola-root beer nuances (how can this be?!), synergised with black (not red) liquorice and soy.

A 17 month sojourn in 100% new oak is certainly well-hidden – more than a disguise, complete concealment.
Archetypal North Barossa fruits extolling every varietal Shiraz variant!
Ten minutes later...

Revealingly, what initially appear to be reticent repressed fruits...soon overtly ascend – blackberry blackcurrant, g, rhubarb, quince.
A follow-up emission of black olive, shaved truf e, vanillin, boot polish, cola, ristretto coffee...with oak all but soaked up.

Proper, pronounced and peripheral grippy tannins input texturally, endorsing what is already a formidable structure, with impressive length, depth and weight.
Lively, assured...not trying too hard to be something it isn’t.

Information

Origin

Magill, South Australia

Grapes

100% Shiraz

Vintage Quality

Average

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Ageing

  • in oak 100% for 1 years and 5 months

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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Inside Information

eParker / 2011 was of course a difficult, uncharacteristically rainy vintage in South Australia and particularly Barossa, but thanks to Penfolds’ privileged position with access to some of the region’s best fruit, they have nonetheless been able to blend an impressive Grange. Still sourced mainly from Barossa Valley, there’s a good dollop of McLaren Vale fruit (21%) – a region less affected by the rains in 2011 - contributing to this vintage. Interestingly, it is the 6th vintage ever to consist of 100% Shiraz, mainly because the Cabernet Sauvignon didn't make the grade this year. (Note that no Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 2011.) Deep purple colored, in typical fashion the nose of the 2011 Grange is still closed at this youthful stage with broody tar and pepper laced notes over a core of blackberries, black plums, licorice and loam. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is taut and muscular with pepper and baking spice flavors supported by firm, grainy tannins. The finish has great length, contributing a refreshing lift.

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 Peter Gago / Penfolds, Wine Maker (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2011  ( Penfolds  )

Deep and dense dark red / Instantly Grange – aromatically heralded from glass to nose via trademark formic and barrel ferment markers. Majestic.
Arguably a less-regal unfolding of sarsaparilla, creamy soda/cola-root beer nuances (how can this be?!), synergised with black (not red) liquorice and soy.

A 17 month sojourn in 100% new oak is certainly well-hidden – more than a disguise, complete concealment.
Archetypal North Barossa fruits extolling every varietal Shiraz variant!
Ten minutes later...

Revealingly, what initially appear to be reticent repressed fruits...soon overtly ascend – blackberry blackcurrant, g, rhubarb, quince.
A follow-up emission of black olive, shaved truf e, vanillin, boot polish, cola, ristretto coffee...with oak all but soaked up.

Proper, pronounced and peripheral grippy tannins input texturally, endorsing what is already a formidable structure, with impressive length, depth and weight.
Lively, assured...not trying too hard to be something it isn’t.

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