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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Penfolds Grange 2005
Penfolds Grange 2005
(search item no. 105022)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $479.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 98 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 98 points
2004 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 97 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
1998 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1996 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1993 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1992 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1991 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1990 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1990 vintage of this wine was ranked #1 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1995

Grange is arguably Australia's most famous 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.

Color: Deep, dark garnet.

Nose: At once Grange - a tightly wrapped projection from the glass of dark-berried Barossa fruits coupled with a myriad of barrel ferment complexities. Thereafter, a burst of honey-cured jamon / pancetta aromatically thrust above, with a rich mix of generously basted roasted meats, peat & nutmeg anchored beneath. Upon sitting / air these characters descend, revealing beguiling elements of freshly turned volcanic earth and an innocent suggestion of old-growth forest floor underlay.

Palate: The flavor pool primarily highlights Satsuma plum conserve alongside rhubarb/aniseed/fennel, with liqueur chocolate shyly awaiting mid-palate. Oak absorbed and hidden, not so the muscular tannins, power/extract. Nevertheless balanced, firm, polished.

The first sip welcomes, the second sip asserts, the third... submission!

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About Penfolds Wines:

Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. Under the direction of master winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds is now found in every major wine market in the country. Extraordinary wines such as Block 42 and Bin 60A have also been released during his tenure. 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.