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    161
  • Producer ranking ?

    77
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    roasted Beets with Goat Cheese

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The 1991 Penfolds Grange has glorious, dark, dense, red purple color. On the nose, the rich bouquet shows an incredible depth of ripe berry spice, tobacco, mocha and green teaaromas with unmistakable Penfolds oak handling. The palate has intensely concentrated, mouthfilling fruit flavors showing spicy, rich berry fruit and earthy characters with masses of ripe tannins and integrated oak, finishing with excellent length.

By international benchmark standards, Penfolds Grange has everything required of a great red wine: complexity, richness, balance and longevity.

Representing the pinnacle of the Penfolds red wine range, the 1991 Grange is one of the finest red wines made in Australia and displays lifted classic Grange character, perhaps more so than the highly acclaimed 1990

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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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The 1990s was a period of intense winemaking trials. The ‘White Grange’ project saw the release of Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. The barrage of media attention was extraordinary, illustrating Australia’s national interest in the Penfolds brand. Red wine trials resulted in the release of Penfolds’ first Barossa shiraz, RWT (Red Winemaking Trial).
In 2002 veteran oenologist Peter Gago became Chief Winemaker and since that time Penfolds has reached into every major wine market in the world. Stand-out releases have included two Special Bin Wines from the 2004 vintage, Block 42 and Bin 60A. 2010 saw the introduction of Penfolds’ first Bin Pinot Noir. Taking its number from maturation cellar 23 at Magill Estate, Bin 23 Pinot Noir is a bold addition to the range. Penfolds wines are now widely celebrated for their diversity and quality across many price-points. The strength of Penfolds is that the wine comes first. Penfolds’ range of table wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Brick red

ending

Sharp

flavors

Blackberry, Cranberry, Blackcurrant, Cherry, Voluptuous and Toasty

nose

Complex and Closed

taste

Average in Acidity, High tannin, Concentrated, Developing, Medium-bodied, Aggressive and Dry

Written Notes

I have been thinking that the 1990s are perhaps the golden decade of Penfolds Grange. Why? Since the 1990 Grange, there has been a slight shift to more fruit orientation at the expense of oak. No doubt, this has been a positive. Secondly, during this period, Penfolds has had access to quite a number of outstanding grower vineyards. Subsequently, many have moved to bottle their own wine or shifted, when they came out of contract. Penfolds have since planted the very large Waltons vineyard, but it will take a long time before the vines reach maturity.

The 1991 Penfolds Grange certainly supports my assertion. This is close to a perfect wine, and a fantastic follow-up to the legendary 1990. Cherry and wild berry aromas jump out of the bottle/glass. This is an excellent bottle. I took several Grange bottles to the recent Penfolds re-corking clinic, but not this one. At 25 years, it still had a very high shoulder.

This wine ticks all the right boxes on the palate. Upfront, it is still fresh, with a complex mix of blackberry and plum flavours. Secondary bacon and spice flavours are present as well. The wine delivers a very satisfying, generous and full-bodied mouthfeel on the mid-palate, and is very long and persistent on the finish. The fruit is intense and penetrating, but there is enough acidity to avoid any fruitcake characteristics. The tannins have softened and are quite silky.

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Deep crimson. A lovely wine with intense liquorice/ vanilla/ dark chocolate/ dark berry with some cedar notes. A dense, multi-layered palate with plenty of sweet dark chocolate/ malt flavours, cedary tannins and underlying new oak. Finishes chalky firm. Lies in the shadow of 1990 but a great Grange vintage. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale Blend. A warm dry year with even ripening conditions. Vintage started early.
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Origin

Magill, South Australia

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