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The Penfolds Collection

Grange 2015 Gift Box

The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Crafted utilising fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and structured 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. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.

When To Drink

Continue cellaring. Peak drinking 2022 - 2050.

Palate Description

Color 
Opaque, a dark core with a lighter deep red concession on rim

Nose
An eruption of fruits. At once lively and expressive, conceding Grange personality yet still not revealing all ....
Dark coffee grind, malt and tapenade merge with black earths, almost verging on peat.
Mandated V.A and formic notes propel a slurry of dark-skinned berried fruits, flirting with dark liquorice and soy.
Oak completely hidden, long since absorbed. Now, back to the glass for a second sniff!

Palate
Initially the ‘enlivened’ dark fruits of a Christmas pudding or boiled fruitcake mix demand attention. But there’s much more to complement these fruits – impressions of ironstone, graphite, iodine, black ink, and a black pudding viscosity.
Formidable, meshed tannins – texturally honeycombed, without the honey!
Oak has entwined itself invisible. Yes, every barrel still new, and completion of fermentation off skins in barrel still Grange modus operandi.
Integrated, measured ... and clearly more than one sip required to gain an authentic ‘first-impression’.

Certainly a wine of its vintage. A Grange of 2015.

 
Scores

100 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

100 Points - Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

99 Points - James Halliday

98 Points - Angus Hughson

98 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

97 PointsMary-Ann Worobiec, Wine Spectator

Winemaker Quotes

“Vineyards used in the 2015 Grange have been well-tested. Many have toiled for decades, some well over a century. Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley & Magill parentage – not by accident!”

“Crafted to the original 1951 blueprint”

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Magill Estate.

Maturation: 20 months in new American oak hogsheads.

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.7 g/L, pH: 3.62

Variety: 98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage Conditions

Across South Australia’s premium growing regions, winter and early spring rainfall were close to the long-term average. From August, conditions became significantly drier with only a few light spring showers recorded. Record low rainfall was recorded from September to March stretching water supplies. 

Warm and dry conditions encouraged early flowering and fruit-set, with rapid canopy growth. Early summer temperatures dropped below average with no major heat waves recorded. Once harvest commenced, it progressed rapidly with most blocks of shiraz picked earlier than previous years. Although the prevailing conditions resulted in lower than anticipated yields, the quality of fruit was exceptional. 

A strong Penfolds vintage.

The Story of Grange

The development of Max Schubert’s Grange is a modern tale of imagination, a battle against the odds and redemption. 

It began with a side trip to Bordeaux in 1949, where a wine ‘capable of staying alive for a minimum of twenty years’, first entered Schubert’s mind.  His first experimental vintage in 1951 began a new way of thinking that would eventually lead to a signature wine style, but not before Grange was discredited and Max Schubert forced to make the wine in secrecy. 

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“Classic Great Grange with superb colour, density and tannin quality. A wonderful wine of huge presence and palate impact. Should outlive us all. A collector’s vintage.”

Andrew Caillard MW

 
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