• Country ranking ?

  • Producer ranking ?

  • Decanting time

  • When to drink

  • Food Pairing


The Tb points given to this wine are the world’s most valid and most up-to-date evaluation of the quality of the wine. Tastingbook points are formed by the Tastingbook algorithm which takes into account the wine ratings of the world's 50 best-known professional wine critics, wine ratings by thousands of tastingbook’s professionals and users, the generally recognised vintage quality and reputation of the vineyard and winery. Wine needs at least five professional ratings to get the Tb score. Tastingbook.com is the world's largest wine information service which is an unbiased, non-commercial and free for everyone.

Read more

Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

Be the first one to make a 20s tasting note!

Written Notes

There are 2,200 bottles at a price of AUD$3,500 each. This time, the blend constitutes 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 Granges with both 2016 and 2018 in barrel when selected and the others transversage (taking the wine from full bottles of Grange for blending). 

What I found interesting was that over the three G wines, eight different vintages of Grange were used, with four vintages – 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2016 – appearing twice. And yet, not a single odd year made the cut. It may mean nothing or it might suggest that buying your Penfolds from even years is the go. 

Grange is always heavily dominant Shiraz but usually with a little Cabernet. G5 has three percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Grange is also a multiregional blend with Barossa crucial. G5 is 70 percent Barossa, the rest McLaren Vale and Clare Valley with a splash of Wrattonbully thanks to the 2014. To create G5, many combinations were tried on the tasting bench before Gago’s team settled on the blend (note that we are never told exact percentages as Penfolds is not keen to have someone attempting to recreate the wine on the kitchen table, but each vintage does contribute at least 10 percent). It then spent 12 months in neutral American oak hogsheads originally used for the 2016 and 2018 Granges. G5 was bottled in April 2020. 

The wine is dark maroon, but it really does demand time to open up. Then expect a cornucopia of flavors on the wonderfully complex nose – dark berries, cocoa powder, sage, a slightly dusty sawdust note, cloves, chocolate cake, florals, and cassis. Seamless and powerful, immaculately balanced, this is refined and offering extraordinary length. A new array of flavors emerge on the palate: coffee bean, new leather, beef stock, soy, black fruits, and aniseed. 100. It deserves no less.

  • 100p

Penfolds G5 / Retaining 100% Grange DNA”, Penfolds G5 takes Max Schubert’s ethereal and buoyant masterpiece into another world of expression. It is not only a multi-district blend, but a composite of multi-district blends from five different vintages (2018,2016, 2014, 2012 & 2010). Although the concept is straightforward, the sequence of numbers and possibilities are infinitesimal. Paraphrasing the Oxford don and mathematician GH Hardy - a winemaker, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. With exquisite material, the blending process can stretch a wine towards infinity. Few winemakers ever get the chance to make a wine of this type. Only back-blending of reserve vintages and the solera system, used for fortified winemaking, are widely practiced to achieve similar results. But G5 is a blend of extraordinarily high calibre Grange vintages, some already released. For instance, 2010 Grange was described as “the Grange of the Millennium, but 10 years too late”. The 2018 Grange, on the other hand was drawn from barrel. Rather than being the sum of its parts, G5 evokes a rare experience of completeness. It is the full tote odds Grange style with a magical cloak that defies and embraces age. This leads to remarkable freshness, complexity and maturity.

The G5 is released on the 70th anniversary of Penfolds Grange. By coincidence it also comprises 70% Barossa fruit. The addition of 18,16,14, 12 and 10 also make up 70. Chief winemaker Peter Gago AC, a former mathematics teacher, delights in these disappearing numbers and the risks in making a composite Grange. This is the last of a series (G3, G4 & G5) but highlights the remarkable resources and skills of the Penfolds winemaking team.Asides from the technical challenges, G5 tilts at history and invokes reaction. The AUD $3500 price tag may seem steep to many, including myself, but First Growth Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundy command hefty outlays as well. G5 is polarising but extraordinary.

Deep crimson. Intense dark chocolate, liquorice, marzipan, blackberry, blackcurrant, grilled-nut aromas with shellac, waxy notes. Extraordinarily smooth, polished and velvety with inky deep blackberry, dark chocolate, espresso flavours, plentiful fine supple/ chocolaty tannins, attractive mid-palate richness, underlying roasted chestnut, marzipan, spicy notes and beautiful mineral length. Everything is perfectly balanced and integrated. Amazingly ready to drink showing “grand reserve” maturity, superb generosity and exuberant freshness. A curiosity, a classic and a conundrum all wrapped in the Grange aesthetic. The Art of the Blend. Drink now until another fifty years at least. Remarkable. 14.5% alc 100 points

  • 100p
Load more notes



Magill, South Australia

Other wines from this producer

50-Year-Old Rare Tawny Series 3

802-A Superblend

802-B Superblend

Bin 128 Shiraz

Bin 149 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley & South Australia

Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz

Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz

Bin 19A Reserve Bin Chardonnay

Bin 20A Reserve Bin Chardonnay

Bin 23 Pinot Noir

Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvedre

Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon

Bin 51 Riesling

Bin 62

Bin 620

Bin 798 RWT Shiraz

Bin 7 Coonawarra Cabernet Kalimna Shiraz

Bin 820

Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 90 A

Bin 920 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 98 Quantum Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley & South Australia

Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon

Block 42 Kalimna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Cellar Reserve Fiano

Cellar Reserve Pinot Noir

Cellar Reserve Sangiovese

Cellar Reserve Tempranillo



Grange Hermitage

Koonunga Hill Cabernet Shiraz

Koonunga Hill Chardonnay

Magill Estate Shiraz

Max's 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 600 Cabernet Shiraz, California

Penfolds Bin 60A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 704 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Penfolds Bin 707

Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

Penfolds Bluestone Grand Tawny

Penfolds Grandfather's Tawny

Penfolds Great Grandfather's Tawny

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

Penfolds Reserve Bin 09A Chardonnay

Penfolds RWT


Rawson's Retreat

Rawson's Retreat Bin 202 Riesling

Rawson's Retreat Merlot

Rawson's Retreat Riesling

Rawson's Retreat Shiraz Cabernet

Reserve Bin 17A Chardonnay

Reserve Bin 5A

Reserve Bin A

Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

RWT Shiraz

Series One 50 Year Old Port

Special BIN 111A Shiraz

St Henri Shiraz

Thienot x Penfolds Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Thienot x Penfolds Blanc de Noir Champagne

Thienot x Penfolds Vintage Champagne

Thomas Hyland Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Thomas Hyland Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage Fortified

Yattarna Chardonnay


Latest news

WINERY NEWS Château Rieussec / The art of Metamorphosis Imagining the consumption of Sauternes by positioning it as an accompani  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS France has smallest harvest since 1957 / his would be the third consecutive year where the global production level is below average
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Château Mouton Rothschild unveils the label for its 2019 vintage / illustrated by Olafur Eliasson
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Angélus and Cult Wines explore NFT trend / An emerging trend in the collectibles market has made further inroads in wine via the release of a ‘non-fungible token’ linked to a barrel of Château Angélus 2020 and a digital artwork of the St-Emilion estate’s famous golden bells.
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Vega Sicilia Moves into Rías Baixas / .
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Record-Breaking Wine Sale At 2021 Hospices De Beaune Auction To Fight Against Female Violence And Breast Cancer / With a new auctioneer, the historic event sold barrels of 2021 Burgundies to raise $15.3 million for health care and women's charities
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS New Zealand vintage 'exceptional' but down 19% / The quality of the 2021 vintage has been described as "exceptional" throughout New Zealand’s wine regions, although the harvest was smaller than hoped for, according to New Zealand Winegrowers
WINE NEWS: Brut Premier NV (10's) / Louis Roederer Launches its Replacement for Brut Premier with Collection 242 NV Louis Roederer Re  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS 2021 The Penfolds Collection / by Andrew Caillard, MW
WINE NEWS: Cristal 2013 / Champagne Louis Roederer launches Cristal 2013   The top-end expression from the house wa  more ...
WINERY NEWS Warre's / The New Normal 2019 Douro Harvest Report It is easy for visitors to the Douro to assume that  more ...
WINE NEWS: Dom Pérignon 2012 / Dom Pérignon Released Two Exceptional New Champagne Vintages. As fans of Dom know, the hou  more ...
VINTAGE NEWS: 1997 / 1997 Vintage Report by Angelo Gaja:  This is a vintage that we had five weeks with hot weather,  more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Ducru-Beaucaillou / Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Celebrates 300 Years with Exclusive Commemorative Label Acclaimed  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Bordeaux Is Back And Prices Are Rising: 2020 Futures Prices and Analysis / Mouton-Rothschild, Margaux, Haut-Brion, Palmer, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and other big names release futures. And prices are starting to increase dramatically
WINERY NEWS Château Climens / BORDEAUX PROFILE: CHÂTEAU CLIMENS 10th February, 2021 by Colin Hay Terroir, history and conte  more ...
WINERY NEWS Joseph Drouhin / Drouhin to mark milestone anniversary of Clos des Mouches in novel way Burgundy grower and negoci  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS 2020 Bordeaux ‘highest scoring vintage ever’ at top end / By Andrew Catchpole
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Rare Champagne unveils its 2008 Vintage / .

Wine Moments

Here you can see wine moments from tastingbook users. or to see wine moments from your world.
Incorrect Information
If you found some information that is wrong, let us know
Are you sure you want do delete this wine? All information will be lost.
Are you sure you want to recommend this wine?
Are you sure you want hide this written note ?
Are you sure you want show this written note ?


We recommend you to share few minutes for watching the following video instructions of how to use the Tastingbook. This can provide you a comprehensive understanding of all the features you can find from this unique service platform.

This video will help you get started

Taste wines with the Tastingbook

Create Your wine cellar on 'My Wines'

Explore Your tasted wines library

Administrate Your wine world in Your Profile

Type a message ...
Register to Tastingbook
Register now, it's fast, easy and totally free. No commitments, only enjoyments.
BWW 2022

BWW 2022 - Who is the Best Wine Critic of the World?

Wine Professionals and wine lovers from all around the world choose, who is most reliable and influential wine critic in the world.




BWW - Best Wine of the World -Competition is the largest wine competition in the world, whether measured by the number of wines, the number of consumers involved or the judges taking part.