Penfolds Grange 1996

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia

Item No. 39831
  • red wine
  • great wine gifts
  • collectible wine
  • WS97
  • W&S97
  • WE96
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • RP97
  • JH97
  • WS94
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Winemaker's Notes

Grange is an icon, being both Australia's and Penfolds' flagship wine. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climate of South Australia.

Penfolds Grange displays fully ripe, intensely flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes in combination with new American oak. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as 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.

Packaged in laser-etched bottles with identification numbers since the 1994 vintage.

Regional Source: Kalimna, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide (Magill) and Padthaway.

Vintage conditions: An exceptional vintage in both quality and quantity. Good winter rain was followed by generally warm to mild and dry conditions throughout South Australia. Vintage was orderly and there was little or no disease.

Grape variety: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

Oak maturation: 19 months in new American oak.

Winemaker: John Duval

Colour: Vibrant plum red.

Nose: A fusion of cinnamon and mixed spices with blackcurrant, blueberry and boysenberry fruit; savoury, underlying aromas of earth, cold tea and roast chestnuts; plus barrel-ferment richness.

Palate: Archetypal young Grange with concentration, balance and powerful berry fruit flavours, with blueberry at the core. Tight and structured, although the thick, ripe tannins are shrouded beneath a veil of opulent fruit. Excellent length and persistence of flavour and masterful handling of oak. A very fine Grange that will confidently sit alongside the great 1990.

Peak drinking: 2010-2030

Critical Acclaim

"Medium to full red-purple, still bright after five years, vibrant cherry and plum fruit aromas more than handle the oak on the bouquet; 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. Destined to become one of the great Granges."
96 Points

Learn About Penfolds Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Barossa Valley

The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley. Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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