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  • Country ranking ?

    57
  • Producer ranking ?

    34
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now-2030
  • Food Pairing

    Spring lamb served pink with fresh herbs

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Parker 98+ points: Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, it’s still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+.

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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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Wine Information

2006 was a relatively early vintage, with low rainfall and warm weather contributing to an early budburst and flowering. Mild to warm weather throughout summer helped the fruit to mature well and assisting rains prior to harvest allowed fruit to ripen with good varietal character. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Long, Round and Extensive

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Coffee and Toasty

nose

Youthful, Complex and Seductive

taste

Medium tannin, Concentrated, Multi-dimensional, Youthful, Full-bodied, Round, Rich and Dry

Written Notes

Penfolds Grange 2006 / Only 2% cabernet included in this vintage, lower than usual, with a majority of fruit from the Barossa – 97%, which was all shiraz, as is the 1% of fruit from Magill. The 2% cab is from Coonawarra. As usual, 100% new American oak. Five years old but still so young. Intense flavours and a real array of them – soy, coffee bean, new leather, dark bitter chocolate, black olives, cloves, a whiff of aniseed. The wine is absolutely immaculately balanced. Powerful, ripe and intense. Long and rich with good acidity behind it. Very fine tannins, perhaps a tiny bit grippy at the moment, while the length of the wine, while maintaining intensity, is eye-popping. This should look even better in 5 to 10 years and has a much longer future. Seriously concentrated but, in comparison with some Granges (and everything is relative, of course), this could even be called elegant. The balance surely ensures that this will be a very long-lived Grange, despite the deception of approachability at the moment. It also is exhibiting the most gorgeous velvety mouthfeel. Definitely a spectacular Grange.
  • 96p

Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, it’s still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full-bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking through the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+. 

  • 98p

Penfolds Grange 2006 / 100 points / This is classic, inimitable, perfect Grange. With its deep saturated colour, intensely fresh dark berry/ mocha/ paneforte/ roasted chestnut aromas, rich velvety palimpsest of flavours and wonderful vinosity, it evokes Max Schubert's "buoyant and ethereal" vision splendid. This is not just any wine. This is great lasting legend-making Grange; a beautifully aromatic and voluminous wine with superb fruit complexity, balance of weight, substance and texture. Seductive, elemental and expressive, it will further develop and improve beautifully over the forthcoming decades. This is a forty or fifty year wine at least. 100 points, Andrew Caillard MW

  • 100p
Deep blood-red, dense core.Very Penfolds, very Barossa, very Grange! Scents, now five years in the making, weave their charm - this aromatic quilt's first-noted brightest colours are panaforte fig and quince paste alongside cured/smoked meats. Its fabric is meshed with spice - cinnamon, vanillin pod, nutmeg and black pepper - tempered by teppanyaki sauces, amaretto/almond. A dark thread connects - black liquorice, olive and fresh Arabica coffee-bean and soy. Background nutty oak (Brazil nut) beneath, yet barely noticed. Freshness and balance are welcomed, yet confuse... a few sips remind of the oft-used reference 'iron fist in a velvet glove'. All is not as it seems! Firm throughout and across palate - reverent tannins and oak convey & propel flavours of slow-roasted lamb (avec jus), dark chocolate, cola, maraschino, with a menthol/rosemary lift to finish. Alluringly, a plush satin/cashmere mouthfeel compounds the initial confusion - accessible, yet poised to evolve and complex over many decades.
Deep ruby. Scented, liquorice, massive nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich, sweet, alcohol shines through, sweet. Long. 90
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Information

Origin

Magill, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

None

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Inside Information

Australian Wine Companion / Still deep crimson; its bouquet sets the scene for the strikingly complex array of black characters that run all the way through the wine from the first whiff to the finish and aftertaste: anise, licorice, tar, bitter chocolate, blackberry, prune and peppercorns. The tannins are prominent, and play their part with each successive sip of the steadily building impact on the very long palate, but they are in balance with the fruit and oak of an extremely powerful Grange. Great future.

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