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2016 Penfolds Grange    Ken Gargett, World of Fine Wine - 100 Points; "Slice of sheer perfection... What I love about how 2016 Grange deploys its flavours is that it does it with so much grace and control for such a commanding wine... 2016 is an awesome vintage for Penfolds and I believe that this label is its greatest wine made in this year - as it should be. This vintage shows more intent and dynamism than I saw in the 2010 vintage, which is another of my favourites and also another of my 20/20 wines, and so there is no doubt in my mind that this vintage deserves a perfect score, too" - Matthew Jukes, - 20 points out of 20; "Impressively concentrated and full-bodied, with an extraordinarily long, velvety finish, it's nevertheless reasonably fresh and tight, with decades of cellaring potential if properly stored. Certainly at least on a par with such vintages as 2010 and 2012, the big question is whether it will ultimately reach triple digits" - Joe Czerwinski, 99 points; "Penfolds nailed the great vintage, making a wine that is perfect in every way... Its detail is superb, with light and shade allowing blackberry and plum fruit pride of place, but there's also flashes of spice and licorice. It's as mouthwatering with the last taste as the first" - James Halliday, 99 points; "Energy, depth and balance are keys to its success, the palate appears bottomless... Lots of talk about how to point such a wine: there'll be some 100s around, I reckon, but as a drink on release with that prominent oak? I'm up for 99 on a good day"- Tony Love, 99 points; "It is intense with a super-concentrated mouthfeel of rich black fruits, combined sweet/ bitter chinotto in a savoury frame. Ultimate fruit richness layered with vanillin and well-integrated oak and dusty tannin grip, seamless even now" - Melissa Moore, 99 points; "A most elegant Grange that while retaining the usual degree of Grange power is far from muscular or overwhelming... Fruits are black as night. The palate has lashings of American oak, as usual, and is up to the task of matching the rich, ripe fruit but there's a lighter hand behind the oak regime this time around. The winemakers are dealing with a finer-edged wine... Beautifully balanced all round... A masterclass in the art of multi-regional blending and controlled power. Very much a definitive Grange" - Jeni Port, 98 points; "2016 represents another standout in the fabled lineage of Grange, a season in which unbridled power meets consummate polish, an exemplar of the impeccable balance that defines modern Grange, yet infused with all of the enduring potential that its legacy embodies. The bombastic concentration and deeply characterful personality of Grange is something to behold, set apart from the outset by its potent and impenetrable black robe, intense even by Penfolds standards. The depth of fruit showcased here is profound, with spicy, glossy black fruits of all kinds rightfully holding prime position... Exquisite tannins of fine-grained, mouth-consuming presence are never assertive, promising longevity of true Grange proportions. A monumental and worthy benchmark of South Australian shiraz" - Tyson Stelzer, 98 points; "Classic Grange. Absolute classic... this release has 1996 written all over it. Those long unmistakable chains of tannin melted so effortlessly into the wine; fruit that has ridden straight over the oak as if it was barely there; a finish that stares next week in the eye. It's a brilliant release in anyone's language" - Campbell Mattinson, 98 points; "This wine really has everything you can expect from a young Grange. Unbridled fruit power, powerful new oak and muscular frame for long aging. Impenetrable colour is matched by decadent fruit... It is full-bodied, dense and rich with an attractive savoury earthy edge to offset that fruit sweetness. The balance sings and the length is very impressive. A great big Grange vintage" - Angus Hughson, 98 points  $780.00 per bottle

2015 Penfolds Grange   "It is a powerhouse of concentration and complexity... Such complexity. Classic Grange, offering such deep, dark intensity. The palate has immense richness and depth with a super succulent and very long, fleshy, deeply weighted array of dense, velvet-wrapped tannins that run so long. The fruit flavors sit in the blackberry, blood-plum and blueberry zone with succulent, long and assertive structure, carrying through in an utterly seamless mode. The finish is tightly wrenched, in spectacularly powerful style, locking this wine in for a very long haul" - Nick Stock, 100 points; "Classic Grange with inky blackberry mulberry fruits, dense chocolatey tannins, roasted chestnut, vanilla mocha oak complexity, a touch of crème brulée, superb mid palate richness, velvety tannins building to a firm chocolatey plume at the finish. All the elements are perfectly aligned. A 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, 100 points; "Bang. The first whiff cries Grange. A lifted, fragrant, harmonious blend of fruit, oak (American, of course) and finely pitched tannins. Faultless. It's all relative, but this is starting to relax its grip. And the length is very, very special" - James Halliday, 99 points; "It's dense and concentrated on the palate, full-bodied yet balanced and firm, with a rich, velvety texture and long, plush finish... but this is a Grange that should easily go three or four decades" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 98+ points; "The combination of richness, length, tannin spread and balance places this straight in the realms of the elite. Individual descriptors: who cares. It's deep, bold, muscular and dark, and it delivers all this in svelte, satiny, seductive fashion. This 2015 release of Grange is no disappointment. Indeed it's as good as you'd hope and/or expect. The finish: it soars" - Campbell Mattinson, 97 points; "It's both sumptuous and stylish; an artfully modern shiraz whose explosively flavoured, sour-edged fruit suggests the meaty, five spice and deeply layered qualities of old Puer tea. Extending with exceptional drive and shape over a firmish spine of fine, crunchy tannins, it's artfully balanced, wrapped in a lively acidity and set for the long haul. Reminiscent of the exceptional Granges from 1991 and 1994" - Jeremy Oliver, 97 points  $790.00 per bottle

2014 Penfolds Grange   "This is a phenomenal wine and it opens so slowly and relentlessly it is amazing. Like a silent, slow-motion, ballet troupe showing power, poise, grace and movement, this is an elite wine and it parades its anti-fruit notes as much as it does its grape-derived flavours. This points to a massive ageing potential and also the patience required to appreciate this wine at its peak which I feel might be in thirty or more years' time" - Matthew Jukes, 100 points; "The wine is full-bodied but it's not a blockbuster. It's dense and concentrated, but not overpowering. Indeed, the wine is superbly balanced and has even a touch of elegance. The tannins are certainly abundant, with a touch of traditional Grange firmness, but it's a very easy Grange to understand and enjoy" - Huon Hooke, 98 points; "It's all rich, black fruit flesh seasoned with savoury dark spices and notes of cut down olive bushes and sage in the flavour zone. It's solid gold Grange in body as well as soul, yet chamfered and measured, even subtly minerally but with no hard edges" - Tony Love, 98 points; "Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we've come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It's full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerful and tannic, it should prove to be long lived, even by Grange standards" - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 98 points; "Richly flavoured velvety textured wine with dense blackberry, mulberry, dark plum fruits, fine plentiful chocolaty but vigorous tannins, abundant roasted chestnut, mocha, nougat oak... Impressively balanced wine with lovely density, energy and meaty complexity. A classic example of exceptional multi-vineyard sourcing" - Andrew Caillard MW, 97 points; "The ultra-fragrant and expressive bouquet implacably draws you in; a great deal of work must have gone into the blending of the components and drawing them seamlessly. An aristocratic Grange with all the components in utter harmony" - James Halliday, 97 points; "The cliched elite are in for a treat. 2014 Grange will not let anyone down" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points  $800.00 per bottle

2013 Penfolds Grange   "Unfurling and slowly building in the medium to full-bodied mouth with wonderful grace and depth, it reveals an incredible array of ripe black fruit, spice, meat and earth-inspired flavors, with a rock-solid frame to support this beauty (it should easily cellar for 40+ years!), while previously latent flavors emerge fully on the epically long finish, culminating in that ultimate Grange experience" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (RobertParker), 100 points; "Gloriously, splendiferously complex. There are so many layers of flavour it's labyrinthine, yet you never lose the thread, the path, of the wine. Austerity is not a term often used with Grange, but it's here, and to the benefit of the wine" - James Halliday, 99 points; "An intoxicating Grange, deeply coloured and yet vibrant, and full to the brim with inimitable character that can only be Grange... There is a high sheen polish to this release, and yet it offers space and effortless poise, without a detail out of place, set off magnificently with super fine yet confidently present tannins of grand endurance. This magic season is the ultimate proof that the even vintage pattern is over" - Tyson Stelzer, 98 points; "A brilliant follow-up to the classic 2012 vintage. An outlasting and transcendent wine of lovely proportion, density and mineral length" - Andrew Caillard MW, 98 points"The palate is all concentrated espresso coffee, bitter dark chocolate, black fruits, char oak, the persistence amazingly long. This needs more time and will richly reward those who are patient" - Huon Hooke, 97 points  $800.00 per bottle

2012 Penfolds Grange   "Dense, expansive, rich and voluminous. All in perfect symmetry. A transcendent and powerfully expressive Grange harking back to Max Schubert s original blueprint. Its aromatic complexity, generosity and suppleness is reminiscent of the early 1960s. This has to be in the pantheon of all-time great vintages" - Andrew Caillard MW, 100 points; "This vintage was destined to be one of the greatest Granges. In the flesh it is majestically complex, superbly focused and intense, and wondrously balanced. It has every black fruit flavour known to man or woman, and will become more magical with each passing decade" - James Halliday, 99 points & Top 100 Wines of 2016; "2012 represents an iteration that unites brooding presence with an epic core of structure. The signature crushed ant and coal dust complexity that define Grange ride over a deep core of black plum and blackberry fruit heralded by a dark, vibrant purple hue" - Tyson Stelzer, 98 points; "The palate is full-bodied but it's not a blockbuster. Soft and fleshy, smooth and supple, already showing a glimpse of the excitement and fascination that will follow in its maturity... The components are all in great harmony so that no one feature stands out. The wine's balance and seamlessness are impressive. I sense this could be a top-level Grange, and may score another point when it's mature" - Huon Hooke, 98 points  $875.00 per bottle

2011 Penfolds Grange    "The palate is taut and muscular with pepper and baking spice flavors supported by firm, grainy tannins. The finish has great length, contributing a refreshing lift" - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, 93 points  $850.00 per bottle

2010 Penfolds Grange    "In the context of recent tastings of many of the greatest vintages, 2010 attains new heights in its depth of black fruit presence and its structural assuredness. I adore 2008 Grange and, tasting them together, 2010 is even deeper and more vibrant, exuding another dimension of distinguished grace, precision, concentration, scaffolded structure and seamless, enduring persistence... The palate is unyielding, yet immensely structured. Magnificently voluptuous, yet elegantly coiled and bright. Silky and irresistible, yet untouchable and enduring. Tannins are a revelation, with a finesse and a chalk-fine texture impossible for such a resilient and powerful frame. Penfolds Grange 2010 is definitively on a plane of its own: the greatest young Australian wine I have ever tasted" - Tyson Stelzer, 100 points; "Only a great Burgundy could have more nuances defined each time you revert to the bouquet. You could lose yourself, Narcissus-like, looking endlessly into the reflection of the palate; for all its power, there is not a hair out of place, the tannins outstanding. There is not the slightest question this will be one of the greatest Granges in the pantheon of '52, '55, '71, '96 and '06" - James Halliday, 99 points; "It's full-bodied and dense, concentrated and yet seamless and harmonious. The tannins are fleshy and smooth and well-integrated into the whole. An outstanding Grange" - Huon Hooke, 98 points; "Powerful. Perfect. Origami shiraz. A large sheet of flavour folded into the precise design of its makery... Served alongside the 2008 and 2009 Granges and it certainly put the 2009 well into the shade, but faced stiff competition from the 2008. It's a more seamless wine than the 2008. Perhaps a more perfect one too" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points  $945.00 per bottle

2010 Penfolds Grange (Individual Penfolds Grange Timber Presentation Box)   $990.00 per bottle

2009 Penfolds Grange    James Halliday, 97 points; Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (eRobertParker.com), 97 points; Tyson Stelzer, 96 points  $890.00 per bottle

2008 Penfolds Grange    "This is clearly a wonderfully opulent and a magic vintage for this label" - The Wine Advocate, 100 points; "2008 epitomises the modern face of Grange. Yes, this is still Grange as we know it, with its backdrop of high cocoa dark chocolate, its hints of coal steam and its definitive, monumental intensity. But there's a newfound overlay of brilliantly precise black fruit definition here, with perfectly ripe black plums, black cherries, blackberries and black pastilles all perfectly laid out in their gloriously intricate detail... Persistence transcends time, lingering, undeviated, for minutes" - Tyson Stelzer, 99 points; "The balance, texture and structure are faultless, so much so that the wine achieves elegance now, many years before you would expect that quality to be commented on" - James Halliday, 98 points   $975.00 per bottle

2007 Penfolds Grange    "Exudes power and authority; the bouquet is already complex, the American oak making an impact in its youth, the palate with multiple layers of mainly black fruits" - James Halliday, 95 points; "A tightly wound wine, needs to open and reveal more. One of the true keepers though. Incredible focus and length, but a wine in stasis" - Mike Bennie, 94+ points"; Campbell Mattinson - 94 points  $795.00 per bottle

2006 Penfolds Grange    "2006 takes the energy and vitality of 2002 and the opulence and stamina of 2004 and finds a middle ground, in a ravishing state of contentedness... A marvel of flavour engineering, throbbing with satsuma plum... Seamless, impeccably refined tannins rise like a tsunami. Controlled, focused and honed; another heroic Grange has ascended to the lineage of legends" - Tyson Stelzer, 99 points; "Strikingly complex array of black characters that run all the way through the wine from the first whiff to the finish... an extremely powerful Grange. Great future" - James Halliday, 98 points; "Holy cow Batman - this is one hell of a wine! ... A show-stopper!" - Nick Stock, 98 points; "This year's Grange is a wine with a huge, clean, cutting right hook of flavour as you swallow... the ropes of flavour-drenched tannin on the finish pull it on and on. This precision engineering through the finish marks its intense quality... It's quite delicious, and yet there's no question that it's powerfully wrought... Impeccable winemaking, pure fruit, clasps of uncompromising tannin, smokin' barrels, and thrust. It will live for a very long time" - The Wine Front, 97 points; "An outstanding wine. Elegant and beautifully balanced, it comes from an excellent vintage and will take its place in the top rank of Granges" - Huon Hooke, 97 points; "One of the most balanced expressions of South Australian shiraz you could imagine, but clearly, its best years are yet to come" - Chris Plummer, 97 points; "A profound and complete offer - akin to a mix of the 2002 and 2004 Grange vintages… Very Grange!" - Peter Gago  $945.00 per bottle

2005 Penfolds Grange    "Oh my goodness, is there some complexity tucked into its crevasses! ... there is no question that this is a great vintage for Grange, as exuberant and expressive as any young Grange I have seen... The palate is powerful, even by Grange dimensions, with lifted violets and exotic spice ushering in a cavalcade of stewed plum, rhubarb and plum pudding fruit in the wake of a wave of signature Grange tannins. A Grange that is both seductive and brooding" - Tyson Stelzer, 97 points; "It's beautiful... the balance of this 2005 is brilliant. So too is the dark fruit power motoring through the finish... It does the Grange name proud" - Campbell Mattinson, 95 points  $875.00 per bottle

2002 Penfolds Grange    "A full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and great balance. Thick and rich, with a 60-second finish, it will slowly blossom over the next 15-20 years and provide pleasure through 2050. It is a legend in the making! " - The Wine Advocate, 98 points; "Deep, closed and brooding... Smooth, unctuous and exceptionally elegant for Grange, its voluptuous palate of black cherries, plums, black olives and smoky dark oak finishes with exceptional length of vibrant fruit... The longer it's opened, the silkier and more ethereal it becomes, as the quality of its fine-grained tannin becomes apparent. A classic reflection of a great cool vintage" - Jeremy Oliver, 97 points; "Impeccable texture and balance in the mouth; again, a wonderful array of seamless blackberry, licorice and high-quality oak; destined to become recognised as one of the great Granges" - James Halliday, 97 points; "A precise, definitive, lattice-structured wine of great power and poise... it is beautifully powered, with a great push of meat, plums, smoke, vanillin, cassis and bright, rich blackberries pouring through your mouth... It's a classic example of precision wine engineering" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points  $895.00 per bottle

2001 Penfolds Grange     "The 2001 is undeniably one of the top examples of this wine. At this stage, it appears to eclipse the 1998 and 1996. Inky/blue/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, graphite, and earth, it boasts good acidity, huge tannins, magnificent concentration, and a multilayered, textured mouthfeel. It is a big, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz" - Robert Parker, 98 points; "Classic Grange... Typically thunderess in the mouth: big extract, big tannin, and big,sweet raisin fruitcake flavours. Back on song" - Tim White, 97(98) points; "This is one good-looking baby. There's supercharged concentration of flavour, all densely packed, chewy and robust, with essence-like tarry plum and blackberry fruits, lots of dark chocolate, meaty and intense. Flavour and tannin are crammed into the middle palate and there's a savoury moment as tannins become stern and dry. This is one of the greats, there's no doubt" - Nick Stock, 96 points; "It is extraordinary how this wine has gained power, weight and complexity since first bottled; now majestic black fruits, licorice and chocolate/mocha notes run through the palate. Great tannins sustain and support the back palate and finish" - James Halliday, 96 points; ""Lush and youthful and banged up with flavour - as a Grange should be... A big soft cuddly Grange" - The Wine Front, 95 points; Jeremy Oliver - 95 points  $895.00 per bottle

1999 Penfolds Grange   "The 1999 Penfolds Grange will lie in the shadow of the much hyped but beautifully made 1998 vintage. While I admired the 1998 greatly at the recent Rewards of Patience tasting I preferred the 1999 vintage (by a whisker). Indeed it is an astonishingly lovely wine with really fragrant plum/prune/tobacco/aniseed aromas, apricot nuances and meaty complexity. The palate is deeply concentrated with curtains of plum apricot fruit, fine supple tannins, beautifully integrated malty oak and superb flavour length. It is certainly a most seductive wine with plenty of cellaring potential. This is certainly great Grange" - Andrew Caillard MW, 100 points; "Superbly elegant, reserved and harmonious shiraz... Silky-smooth, beautifully controlled and refined, its long and willowy palate reveals intense and translucent small berry flavours superbly integrated with oak and satiny tannins. A profound change in style from the 1998 release that reflects the very best of its vintage" - Jeremy Oliver, 96 points; "This is a fabulous, to-die-for Grange, the perfect follow-up to the extraodrinary 1998. Full of luscious, elevated, malty oak and crawling with deliciously spiced, leather-like, licorice-laden, plum-infused, blackberried fruit, it's gorgeously fine and supple and long, with a magnificent silkiness and a sense of power, balance and finesse almost second to none" - The Wine Front, 96 points; James Halliday  95 points $895.00 per bottle

1998 Penfolds Grange   "The 1998 Grange will be legendary... It is a seamless effort with sweet tannin, well-integrated acidity, sensational extract, and layer upon layer of blackberry and cassis fruit that stain the palate and fill the mouth. Its harmony, freshness, and remarkable length (the finish lasts nearly a minute) suggest an all-time classic" - Robert Parker, 99 points; "It's curvaceous but considered; it's full of saturated, plummy fruit that somehow has proven almost totally porous to the best-ofthe-best new American oak it's been matured in... it's a seriously mouthwatering wine, oozing power and intelligence" - Campbell Mattinson, 98 points; Jeremy Oliver - 97 points; "Deep purple-red, it oozes blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice from every pore, the palate a sumptuously smooth velvet cushion of small black fruits. It will outlive anyone who can afford to buy it" - James Halliday, 97 points  $945.00 per bottle

1997 Penfolds Grange    "Smooth, sumptuous and firmly structured, its deep, long palate of dark red and black berry flavours is wound around firm, but powder-fine tannins, finishing spicy and savoury" - Jeremy Oliver, 95 points; "The wine is opulently-textured, extremely soft, layered, and seductive, with Grange's tell-tale personality well-displayed, but in a seamless, seductive style. This is a superb Grange that can hold its own against the more heralded 1996" - Robert Parker, 94 points; "A similarly powerful palate where earth and chocolate join the chorus of flavours promised by the bouquet; persistent tannins, of course" - James Halliday, 94 points  $740.00 per bottle

1996 Penfolds Grange   "Grange in top gear. I'm on a different planet to anyone who fails to be impressed and delighted by the classically dense, concentrated and alluring depth of this superbly balanced wine and its forthright expression of what Grange is all about. Talk about attitude - from its spicy, smoky, deeply fruited aromas to its brooding core of impenetrable fruit and lingering savoury, tight-knit finish, this Grange shows its pretenders for what they are" - Jeremy Oliver, 98 points; "An outstanding vintage... The palate is mesmerising: amazingly powerful, concentrated and intense, yet never heavy nor clumsy. It has amazing presence, and is incredibly long, resonating for minutes after the wine has left the mouth. Undoubtedly a great Grange... will still be drinking superbly at 50, such is its vitality" - Huon Hooke, 98 points; ""This wine is astonishingly good. It's better than an A-team Grange; it's destined to become one of the best handful of them all... It's ripe, it's tannic, it's entirely hedonistic, and yet it is not at all over the top. This is a wine that stains your memory as much as your glass" - Campbell Mattinson, 98 points; "A massive wine, with cascades of potent plum, cherry and blackberry fruit... It's all packed in tightly, suggesting this should evolve spectacularly with age" - Wine Spectator, 97 points; "I should go on the record, as it were, in recording my belief that the 1996 Penfolds Grange is the best since 1990... the palate is sumptuous, but not heavy, the cherry and plum flavours tracking the bouquet. The wine has a very long finish, with fine, integrated tannins, and is destined to become one of the great Granges" - James Halliday, 97 points  $895.00 per bottle

1995 Penfolds Grange   "Palate-staining dark fruits line the entirety of this long, powerful but slightly disjointed palate, which should find genuine balance into the future. Just needs time" - Jeremy Oliver, 95 points; "In the manner of all great stayers, has picked up pace markedly over the past year... the palate is powerful and sustained by sweet tannins, the plum and black cherry fruit providing the core for the future" - James Halliday, 95 points  $780.00 per bottle

1994 Penfolds Grange   "What makes it unusual is the distinct hint of chocolate, which appears again on the silkily powerful palate. Here there is an array of all of the fruit flavours one could possibly expect, but once again that touch of dark Swiss chocolate adding an intriguing note. The oak balance and integration is better than any five-year-old Grange I can remember, the tannins perfectly balanced into the bargain" - James Halliday,  97 points; "A superb old wine" - Huon Hooke, 96 points (Tasted Aug 2018); "Balanced, stylish long-term Grange of poise and elegance... Long, smooth and smoky palate now developing some gamey complexity" - Jeremy Oliver, 95 points; "The striking thing here is the wine's balance. And with a polished array of supporting flavours: cedar, chocolate, Asian-spice and prune, it seems that time could easily bring classic status for this vintage" - Campbell Mattinson, 95 points $795.00 per bottle

1993 Penfolds Grange   James Halliday  94 points  $775.00 per bottle

1992 Penfolds Grange   "A powerful but impeccably balanced and structured wine, redolent of black cherry, licorice and mulberry fruit flavours; oozing class, breeding and staying power" - James Halliday, 96 points  $795.00 per bottle

1991 Penfolds Grange   "Seven years since last taste, and it's mellowing nicely into classic Grange style, with great vintage intensity and power. A superb Grange of the first rank" - Huon Hooke, 97 points (Tasted Jan 2015); "Classic, exemplary Grange... A deeply concentrated yet incredibly stylish, long and perfectly weighted palate is framed by firm, fine tannins. Exceptional balance and harmony" - Jeremy Oliver, 96 points; ". The palate is as complex and structured as the bouquet promises; the tannins pick up early but are not overly aggressive, and run through a wine showing the full gamut of ripe, old vine Shiraz flavours" - James Halliday, 96 points; "It's a wine of considerable and outstanding finesse, with black and red berry fruit cascading through the mouth and savoury, gently herbal, developed characters just starting to pull through. Great structure, and it will get even better" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points (Tasted Jan 2005); "Rrich and tannic; serious grip here. Deeply concentrated plummy fruit-led wine; lots of flavour and fruit; lovely style and balance; youthful and long; distinguished wine. Very good indeed. Everything a great Grange ought to be" - Huon Hooke, 95 points    $925.00 per bottle

1990 Penfolds Grange   "Destined to be one of the greatest Granges... In the mouth a superb wine; while the fruit is opulent, it is not excessively so; indeed there is a touch of near austerity to the fine tannins to give the wine both character and balance. The iron fist in a velvet glove" - James Halliday, 97 points; "Smooth and silky, long and fine, it's saturated with translucent, perfectly focused small berry flavours tightly entwined by powdery tannins. Wonderfully long, slow to develop, and just beginning to reveal its genuine potential and surprising elegance" - Jeremy Oliver, 975 points; "In the mouth it's superb: big, balanced, long and stuffed with mature tannin... It's a model of a pristine, powerful, youthful wine" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points (Tasted Jan 2005)    $1195.00 per bottle

1986 Penfolds Grange   "A current as well as future legend, this has long been considered by Penfolds' winemaking team as the greatest Grange of the 1980s... The wine is fleshy, massively concentrated, multi-dimensional with extraordinary power, beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, and alcohol, that seems to only occur in the greatest vintages... This is a Grange to kill for" - Robert Parker, 99 points; "This was my top wine - a fantastic drop. I wasn't surprised to learn that it was a cracker of a vintage. Intense, powerful with masses of fruit flavour plus liquorice, dark chocolate, coffee and a texture to die for. Should offer top drinking for many more years" - Bob Campbell MW, 98 points (Tasted Sep 2016); "It's just such a spectacular wine, developed but youthful, with a chord of coffee strung throughout and a great sway of leathery, licoricey flavour. Terrific mouthfeel, balance, finesse, and power" - Campbell Mattinson, 98 points (Tasted 2003); "A perfectly constructed wine, seamless in every respect; all the flavour you could ever wish for. Really deserves a sixth star" - James Halliday (Jan 2001); "Still ascending. This responded to airing. Superb. Now to 20+ years" - Huon Hooke, 95 points (Tasted Sep 2007)   $1350.00 per bottle

1975 Penfolds Grange     $1350.00 per bottle


2006 Penfolds Grange (1500ml)   "2006 takes the energy and vitality of 2002 and the opulence and stamina of 2004 and finds a middle ground, in a ravishing state of contentedness... A marvel of flavour engineering, throbbing with satsuma plum... Seamless, impeccably refined tannins rise like a tsunami. Controlled, focused and honed; another heroic Grange has ascended to the lineage of legends" - Tyson Stelzer, 99 points; "Strikingly complex array of black characters that run all the way through the wine from the first whiff to the finish... an extremely powerful Grange. Great future" - James Halliday, 98 points; "Holy cow Batman - this is one hell of a wine! ... A show-stopper!" - Nick Stock, 98 points; "This year's Grange is a wine with a huge, clean, cutting right hook of flavour as you swallow... the ropes of flavour-drenched tannin on the finish pull it on and on. This precision engineering through the finish marks its intense quality... It's quite delicious, and yet there's no question that it's powerfully wrought... Impeccable winemaking, pure fruit, clasps of uncompromising tannin, smokin' barrels, and thrust. It will live for a very long time" - The Wine Front, 97 points; "An outstanding wine. Elegant and beautifully balanced, it comes from an excellent vintage and will take its place in the top rank of Granges" - Huon Hooke, 97 points; "One of the most balanced expressions of South Australian shiraz you could imagine, but clearly, its best years are yet to come" - Chris Plummer, 97 points; "A profound and complete offer - akin to a mix of the 2002 and 2004 Grange vintages… Very Grange!" - Peter Gago $2295.00 per bottle

1999 Penfolds Grange (1500ml)   "The 1999 Penfolds Grange will lie in the shadow of the much hyped but beautifully made 1998 vintage. While I admired the 1998 greatly at the recent Rewards of Patience tasting I preferred the 1999 vintage (by a whisker). Indeed it is an astonishingly lovely wine with really fragrant plum/prune/tobacco/aniseed aromas, apricot nuances and meaty complexity. The palate is deeply concentrated with curtains of plum apricot fruit, fine supple tannins, beautifully integrated malty oak and superb flavour length. It is certainly a most seductive wine with plenty of cellaring potential. This is certainly great Grange" - Andrew Caillard MW, 100 points; "Superbly elegant, reserved and harmonious shiraz... Silky-smooth, beautifully controlled and refined, its long and willowy palate reveals intense and translucent small berry flavours superbly integrated with oak and satiny tannins. A profound change in style from the 1998 release that reflects the very best of its vintage" - Jeremy Oliver, 96 points; "This is a fabulous, to-die-for Grange, the perfect follow-up to the extraodrinary 1998. Full of luscious, elevated, malty oak and crawling with deliciously spiced, leather-like, licorice-laden, plum-infused, blackberried fruit, it's gorgeously fine and supple and long, with a magnificent silkiness and a sense of power, balance and finesse almost second to none" - The Wine Front, 96 points; James Halliday  95 points $1995.00 per bottle

1998 Penfolds Grange (1500ml)   "The 1998 Grange will be legendary... It is a seamless effort with sweet tannin, well-integrated acidity, sensational extract, and layer upon layer of blackberry and cassis fruit that stain the palate and fill the mouth. Its harmony, freshness, and remarkable length (the finish lasts nearly a minute) suggest an all-time classic" - Robert Parker, 99 points; "It's curvaceous but considered; it's full of saturated, plummy fruit that somehow has proven almost totally porous to the best-ofthe-best new American oak it's been matured in... it's a seriously mouthwatering wine, oozing power and intelligence" - Campbell Mattinson, 98 points; Jeremy Oliver - 97 points; "Deep purple-red, it oozes blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice from every pore, the palate a sumptuously smooth velvet cushion of small black fruits. It will outlive anyone who can afford to buy it" - James Halliday, 97 points  $2150.00 per bottle

1996 Penfolds Grange (1500ml)  "Grange in top gear. I'm on a different planet to anyone who fails to be impressed and delighted by the classically dense, concentrated and alluring depth of this superbly balanced wine and its forthright expression of what Grange is all about. Talk about attitude - from its spicy, smoky, deeply fruited aromas to its brooding core of impenetrable fruit and lingering savoury, tight-knit finish, this Grange shows its pretenders for what they are" - Jeremy Oliver, 98 points; "An outstanding vintage... The palate is mesmerising: amazingly powerful, concentrated and intense, yet never heavy nor clumsy. It has amazing presence, and is incredibly long, resonating for minutes after the wine has left the mouth. Undoubtedly a great Grange... will still be drinking superbly at 50, such is its vitality" - Huon Hooke, 98 points; ""This wine is astonishingly good. It's better than an A-team Grange; it's destined to become one of the best handful of them all... It's ripe, it's tannic, it's entirely hedonistic, and yet it is not at all over the top. This is a wine that stains your memory as much as your glass" - Campbell Mattinson, 98 points; "A massive wine, with cascades of potent plum, cherry and blackberry fruit... It's all packed in tightly, suggesting this should evolve spectacularly with age" - Wine Spectator, 97 points; "I should go on the record, as it were, in recording my belief that the 1996 Penfolds Grange is the best since 1990... the palate is sumptuous, but not heavy, the cherry and plum flavours tracking the bouquet. The wine has a very long finish, with fine, integrated tannins, and is destined to become one of the great Granges" - James Halliday, 97 points  $2250.00 per bottle

1991 Penfolds Grange (1500ml)   "Seven years since last taste, and it's mellowing nicely into classic Grange style, with great vintage intensity and power. A superb Grange of the first rank" - Huon Hooke, 97 points (Tasted Jan 2015); "Classic, exemplary Grange... A deeply concentrated yet incredibly stylish, long and perfectly weighted palate is framed by firm, fine tannins. Exceptional balance and harmony" - Jeremy Oliver, 96 points; ". The palate is as complex and structured as the bouquet promises; the tannins pick up early but are not overly aggressive, and run through a wine showing the full gamut of ripe, old vine Shiraz flavours" - James Halliday, 96 points; "It's a wine of considerable and outstanding finesse, with black and red berry fruit cascading through the mouth and savoury, gently herbal, developed characters just starting to pull through. Great structure, and it will get even better" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points (Tasted Jan 2005); "Rrich and tannic; serious grip here. Deeply concentrated plummy fruit-led wine; lots of flavour and fruit; lovely style and balance; youthful and long; distinguished wine. Very good indeed. Everything a great Grange ought to be" - Huon Hooke, 95 points  $2190.00 per bottle