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Parker 100 points/ Very deep garnet-purple in color the 2008 Grange reveals a truly decadent nose with tons of spices, fruit cake and black & blue fruit compote notes along with nuances of chocolate and potpourri. The full and rich, multi-layered palate has a little oak still showing, it is going through a little bit of a structural stand-out stage, but it doesn't detract on the long and complex finish. It still needs a good few years to develop, though this very opulent, expressive Grange shows the very best of this vintage and the vineyards it hails from.
“No DNA check required—an immediate familial link to the 1998 Grange convincingly transcends both a decade and the transitional closure of a millennium. Not to forget—proactive fruit selection and fortunate Shiraz picking-dates by Penfolds in the Barossa… escaping the impact of the well-documented 16-day 2008 South Australian heatwave.”
Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker:
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.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS Declared a vintage of two distinct halves, with well-balanced fruit at optimum baume levels achievable with an early harvest. A seamless growing season with steady, early season growth and healthy canopy development. Cool and dry conditions during the start of summer meant that vines were poised for a textbook harvest and conditions were conducive to excellent flavour, colour and phenolic development. New Year temperatures would eventually crescendo in ensuing months, dry conditions would persevere and March the 3rd served as a pivot point—cleaving the vintage into the two well defined halves resulting in a profound difference in quality of fruit picked. Old vines with balanced canopies capitalised on the perfect growing conditions preceding the heat spell. “Weighted-average vintage charts may not do justice to the South Australian harvest in 2008. Penfolds reds will.”
GRAPE VARIETY 98% Shiraz, 2% Cabernet.
MATURATION Matured for 19 months in new American oak hogsheads.
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 7.0g/L, pH: 3.48.
LAST TASTED January 2013.
PEAK DRINKING 2016 – 2056.
FOOD MATCH Plum pudding pork rack, swede, quandong and desert raisin.
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