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98
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Penfolds 2008 Grange Shiraz (South Australia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $850

This has all the size and weight you’ve come to expect from Australia’s most famous wine. Huge fruit and huge oak combine in a full-bodied, richly textured package that delivers waves of toasted coconut, vanilla and intense dark berries yet remains embryonic more than five years after the harvest. That said, the texture isn’t quite as tight or as fine as some other…

 — J.C.  (2/1/2014)
97
points

Penfolds 2010 RWT Shiraz (Barossa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $150

This shows the strength of the 2010 vintage in the Barossa Valley, marrying incredibly ripe fruit with seamless structure. Cinnamon and vanilla notes from the French oak blend easily into blueberry fruit, all grounded by hints of dark chocolate and umami. It’s full bodied, lushly textured almost to the point of creaminess and long—ridiculously long—on the finish…

 — J.C.  (2/1/2014)
97
points

Penfolds 2007 Grange Shiraz (South Australia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $600

This is dark and concentrated, as you might expect from Australia’s most heralded wine. Oaky scents of maple syrup and vanilla frame hints of mint and superintense dark fruit. On the palate, it’s a huge, tannic behemoth that needs 10 years of cellaring, but it delivers plenty of pleasure now in its ultraclean flavors of blackberries, baking spices and vanilla.

 — J.C.  (2/1/2014)
97
points

Penfolds 2004 Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $225

This is incredibly dark, concentrated stuff from what may be the oldest (planted in 1886) continuously producing Cabernet vineyard in the world. Minty, herbal notes combine with chocolate and cassis to yield a complex, balanced whole. Despite the density of the fruit, there’s absolutely no sense of heaviness or excessive weight, and while the tannins appear creamy…

 — J.C.  (11/1/2007)
96
points

Penfolds 2009 RWT Shiraz (Barossa Valley)

  1. $150

RWT (unromantically derived from “Red Wine Trial”) is 100% Barossa Valley Shiraz, aged in 100% French oak. In some vintages, like this one, the combination is incredibly sumptuous, offering layers of blueberry and blackberry fruit intermingled elegantly with hints of French vanilla. It’s long, subtle and complex on the finish—a stunning effort. It’s approachable…

 — J.C.  (2/1/2014)
96
points

Penfolds 2004 Grange Shiraz (South Australia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $500

A throwback to the monster Shiraz style of old, with loads of toasty, vanilla-laden oak, meaty nuances and driving, intense boysenberry fruit, the 2004 Grange should prove tremendously long-lived. Its massive concentration and firm tannins suggest cellaring through 2020, after which it should drink well for at least another decade or two.

 — J.C.  (11/1/2011)
96
points

Penfolds 2004 Bin 60A Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz (South Australia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $225

There are approximately 1,000 cases of this wine, which blends 56% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon with 44% Barossa Shiraz into a stunning combination of cassis and blackberries. Lifted bits of flowers on the nose resemble fine teas and dried herbs, adding the requisite complexity, while the mouthfeel artfully balances the weight of Shiraz with the structure of…

 — J.C.  (11/1/2007)
96
points

Penfolds 1996 Grange Shiraz (South Australia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $185

As unevolved as they are, the dense and multilayered aromas and flavors are truly impressive here. Black currant, herb, tea, oak, vanilla, maple, anise, blueberries and more--it could be an excercise in overkill, if all the parts weren't in such fine harmony. Really big, but with excellent balance, this reveals much less now than the RWT. It is everything a…

 — W.E.  (3/1/2001)
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