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The 62nd consecutive vintage release of Grange, from the 2012 South Australian vintage, leads a dynasty of wines in The Penfolds Collection 2016. Unfolding layers of allure, plushness and character, the 2012 Grange is stylistically akin to the 1963 Grange, with a contemporary ‘2012’ personality. The Collection, in its entirety, displays red wines of distinctive refinement and cellaring potential, and white wines which deliver on complexity and vigour; a testament to the enduring Penfolds ‘House Style’ upheld since 1844. 

 

Staying true to philosophy, The Collection can be “opened and enjoyed now, or potentially over the next four or more decades”, says Peter Gago Penfolds Chief Winemaker. Wine Ark, one of Australia’s largest wine storage providers, recently recognised Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz as Australia’s most collected wine in a list identifying the 50 most collectable wines in the country. Released every three years this list has become the go to guide on collectable wines and presents a genuine reflection of which Australian wines are being cellared in almost real time. The cellaring ability for The Collection extends to the 2014 Yattarna Chardonnay; elegant and linear in style, restrained in its beautiful white floral notes which will unfurl with time in the cellar. Celebrating its 20th vintage, the 2014 Yattarna is “one of the great Yattarna vintages!” Gago states. 

 

The nineteen wines, made from across five different vintages, stand proudly in a release that offers multi-region, multi-vineyard blends, single-region wines as well as a single-vineyard wine, from Penfolds Magill Estate vineyard. Across the three distinct styles, the Penfolds winemaking philosophy delivers choice, as shown with the 2014 Magill Estate Shiraz, the monopole which is rich in history and reflects a sense of place. This wine has its own personality, “It is quite difficult to align this 2014 release with another of recent times. 5.2ha of resilient, non-complacent vines!” Gago observed. The contemporary and distinctive single-region persona stands out as a true strength for the 2015 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, recently named Australia’s best chardonnay at the 2016 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge. The 2014 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, is a layered and pedigreed wine which expresses Penfolds knowledge and strength in multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing, noted as being “…Structurally and texturally alive” stated Gago.

 

Officially released on Thursday 20th October, many more wine highlights, milestones and anniversaries continue through The Collection. The 2013 St Henri Shiraz is statuesque, brooding and complex, and with this release St Henri celebrates 60 years since the wine’s first commercial release. An anniversary to proudly display the time-honoured and alternative expression of Shiraz that is St Henri.

The Penfolds Collection 2016 is a testament to the entire Penfolds winemaking team’s expertise, passion and experience, a tribute to the enduring narrative of character, quality and provenance, one that is recognised by collectors worldwide. 

The Penfolds Collection 2016 is available globally from Thursday 20th October at select fine wine stores and Penfolds Cellar Doors – Magill Estate Winery and Barossa Valley Cellar Door. For more information visit ww.penfolds.com. 

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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 2012

Penfolds flagship 2012 Grange has received a perfect 100 point score from Australian wine critic Andrew Caillard MW. Marking the 62nd consecutive release of Australia’s most celebrated wine, the 2012 Grange has been heralded as one of the most notable vintages in recent decades. “With unfolding layers of allure, plushness and character, the 2012 vintage is stylistically akin to the 1963 Grange, with a contemporary ‘2012’ personality. Andrew Caillard acknowledges that “Regardless of the inevitable point-scoring debate, it is the most exciting vintage in years”, he goes on to say of Grange “The powerfully expressive, highly authentic and beautiful 2012 Penfolds Grange promises to be one of the greatest vintages of all time”.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

25 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Purple

ending

Long, Flavorful and Spicy

flavors

Blackberry, Pepper, Toasty, Chocolate, Perfumed and Blueberry

nose

Intense, Complex, Ripe and Generous

taste

Average in Acidity, Well-structured, Perfectly balanced, Well-Integrated, Youthful, Full-bodied, Focused, Perfumed, Ripe and Silky tannins

Verdict

Full-bodied and Excellent

Written Notes

2012 Grange will be forever compared with its great sibling, the 2010, much like 1990/1991 and ’02/’04 (pity the poor 2011). 98% Shiraz, dominant Barossa, this is undoubtedly a great Grange. Powerful and intense, black fruits, florals, black olives, axle grease, cloves, chocolate and oolong tea. Heavily packed with tannins, but the overall impression is of a wine that is near perfectly balanced. Supple, seamless and concentrated, but nowhere near as approachable as the 2010 at this early stage. One for the cellar. If you have enjoyed Grange over the last decade, you'll love this.

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Unmistakably, it is what it is. In a word, Grange.
(Almost) all unleashed immediately upon the rst splash into the glass – exuberant, lifted, amboyant.
An aromatic ‘multi-cultural’ chromatogram brazenly unfolds:
First, enticing barrel ferment formics and balsamics, spliced with soy, tomato puree, black olive
and liquorice (Dutch?).
Then, the exotics - wafts of tiramisu/mascarpone/zabaglione (Italy?), replete with freshly roasted hazelnut and ground coffee beans (Kenya?)
30 seconds later...

Fresh and re ned. Nervy.
Red liquorice, gravy reduction avours and black olive tapenade to the fore. And then, just so much more! Where to start?
Compelling depth - weighty/voluminous/ eshy - structurally complete and even throughout.
A radiant inner sheen, yet still assertive – a lm encrusted with dusty, softened tannins that coat tongue. Great length.
A loss of innocence, as sculptured oak (purity/clean) and a boundless array of red fruits, congeal into
a darkened pool of (un)known and (un)savoury delights!
Unashamedly and quite blatantly THE wine of this year’s Penfolds 2016 new releases! Enough said.

Deep ruby. Dark fruits, rich and intense, spices, layers of blackberries, blueberries, vanilla, exotic notes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, rich, fruity, dark berries and spices, detailed, sweet dark fruits, peppery, vanilla, blackberries, blueberries and mulberries, touch of tobacco and chocolate, long. Stunning and hedonistic. 98

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Information

Origin

Magill, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

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Bin 23 Pinot Noir

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Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Bin 620

Bin 798 RWT Shiraz

Bin 7 Coonawarra Cabernet Kalimna Shiraz

Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 90 A

Bin 920 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon

Block 42 Kalimna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir

Cellar Reserve Sangiovese

Cellar Reserve Tempranillo

Koonunga Hill Cabernet Shiraz

Koonunga Hill Chardonnay

Magill Estate Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 138 GMS

Penfolds Bin 138 Grenache Mourvèdre Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 169

Penfolds Bin 23 Pinot Noir

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 311

Penfolds Bin 407

Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling

Penfolds Bin 60A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

Penfolds Bluestone Grand Tawny

Penfolds Grandfather's Tawny

Penfolds Great Grandfather's Tawny

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Penfolds RWT

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Rawson's Retreat

Rawson's Retreat Bin 202 Riesling

Rawson's Retreat Riesling

Rawson's Retreat Shiraz Cabernet

Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

RWT Shiraz

St Henri Shiraz

Thomas Hyland Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Thomas Hyland Sauvignon Blanc

Yattarna Chardonnay

Inside Information

Since 1844, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of wine making with a history and heritage that profoundly reflects Australia’s journey from colonial settlement to the modern era. Penfolds collection of benchmark wines were established in a spirit of innovation and the constant and endless pursuit of quality, evidenced from the secret bottling of Grange in 1951 and the unbroken line of vintages of what is now Australia’s most iconic wine. Today, the collection continues to display the distinctive and consistently recognisable Penfolds ‘House Style’; the ultimate expression of Penfolds time-honored tradition of sourcing the best fruit from the best regions. Historic blends, significant milestones and heritage vineyards have been honoured by a lineage of custodians whose courage and imagination, precision and humility have ensured Penfolds remains true to its original values while remaining relevant for current and future generations. The stories and philosophies behind each label bring a timeless quality, making Penfolds wines special and compelling for collectors and drinkers the world over. 

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 Peter Gago / Penfolds, Wine Maker (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2012  ( Penfolds  )

Unmistakably, it is what it is. In a word, Grange.
(Almost) all unleashed immediately upon the rst splash into the glass – exuberant, lifted, amboyant.
An aromatic ‘multi-cultural’ chromatogram brazenly unfolds:
First, enticing barrel ferment formics and balsamics, spliced with soy, tomato puree, black olive
and liquorice (Dutch?).
Then, the exotics - wafts of tiramisu/mascarpone/zabaglione (Italy?), replete with freshly roasted hazelnut and ground coffee beans (Kenya?)
30 seconds later...

Fresh and re ned. Nervy.
Red liquorice, gravy reduction avours and black olive tapenade to the fore. And then, just so much more! Where to start?
Compelling depth - weighty/voluminous/ eshy - structurally complete and even throughout.
A radiant inner sheen, yet still assertive – a lm encrusted with dusty, softened tannins that coat tongue. Great length.
A loss of innocence, as sculptured oak (purity/clean) and a boundless array of red fruits, congeal into
a darkened pool of (un)known and (un)savoury delights!
Unashamedly and quite blatantly THE wine of this year’s Penfolds 2016 new releases! Enough said.

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2012  ( Penfolds  )

Deep ruby. Dark fruits, rich and intense, spices, layers of blackberries, blueberries, vanilla, exotic notes nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, rich, fruity, dark berries and spices, detailed, sweet dark fruits, peppery, vanilla, blackberries, blueberries and mulberries, touch of tobacco and chocolate, long. Stunning and hedonistic. 98

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 Erin Larkin, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2012  ( Penfolds  )

Well I never thought I’d use this word with Grange on release: restraint. “Oh it’s like the o4!” was my first thought. This I think, is the greatest Grange on release. Savoury fruit, mulberry, ripe raspberry, hints of blackcurrant, salted black liquorice, spicy pepper, clove, star anise – it’s moorish. This is desperately moorish. And elegant. Restraint and spice. YES.

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2012  ( Penfolds  )

 Grange Vintage 2012 - Deep colour. Intense paneforte, dark chocolate, dark blackberry aromas with lifted roasted chestnut, mocha, English-toffee aromas and notes of sweet tobacco, dried roses, shellac and frankincense. Superbly concentrated wine with wonderful presence, structure and density. Plush in scale yet possessing lovely energy and structure...Dense, expansive, rich and voluminous. All in perfect symmetry. A transcendent and powerfully expressive Grange harking back to Max Schuberts original blueprint. Its aromatic complexity, generosity and suppleness is reminiscent of the early 1960s. This has to be in the pantheon of all-time great vintages. Unbelievably good to drink now; a great indication of its lasting quality (but suggest you dont!). Leave it for a minimum of ten years, if you can. 2026-2080.

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2012  ( Penfolds  )

2012 Grange will be forever compared with its great sibling, the 2010, much like 1990/1991 and ’02/’04 (pity the poor 2011). 98% Shiraz, dominant Barossa, this is undoubtedly a great Grange. Powerful and intense, black fruits, florals, black olives, axle grease, cloves, chocolate and oolong tea. Heavily packed with tannins, but the overall impression is of a wine that is near perfectly balanced. Supple, seamless and concentrated, but nowhere near as approachable as the 2010 at this early stage. One for the cellar. If you have enjoyed Grange over the last decade, you'll love this.

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 2012  ( Penfolds  )

Penfold's Grange 2012 – It seems appropriate to include a couple of new release wines – this one and the Brokenwood. 98% Shiraz and 2% Barossa Cabernet (but not Block 42). Concentrated, dense, intense, powerful. Richly flavoured. Black fruits, axle grease, black olives, oolong tea. Cloves, chocolate and blackberries. Lot of tannins here, but it is seamless and supple. This is undoubtedly a great Grange. Had it not been for the 2010, it would be the undisputed heavyweight champ of the last decade (’04 is pretty special, and so is ‘08). One suspects that ’10 and ’12 will be inextricably linked for the next few decades, much as 1990 and 1991 have been. Which is better? Pity the poor 2001, already condemned to a future as little more than a footnote between these two giants.

For me, at the moment, I prefer 2010 by the proverbial bee’s appendage, but if you ask me in 25 years, I suspect that I might have swung to the ’12 by then. 2010 is so approachable and so lovely now, I can’t go past it. 2012 is fabulous but a little more old-fashioned in some senses. Has everything but needing time to reveal all its glories.

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