It’s a wine that needs no introduction.
Created by Penfold’s Chief Winemaker Max Schubert in the beginning of the 1950s, Penfolds Grange is a wine that was always shrouded in intrigue and secrecy. Following seven years of hard development, Schubert’s unique wine was dismissed by the powers that be. He continued to produce Grange without the knowledge of the Penfolds board from 1957 to 1959, hiding the bottles in the underground cellars of Magill. Friends and associates who tasted the wine began to chat, and soon the secret was out. After a successful second tasting of the 1951 and 1955 vintages, production of Grange officially began, just in time for a 1960 vintage, the same year Grange firmed its position as Australia’s most distinguished wine. The rest is history.
“This has to be in the pantheon of all-time great vintages.”
2012 Bin 95 Grange Shiraz tasting notes:
Deep colour. Intense paneforte, dark chocolate, dark blackberry aromas with lifted roasted chestnut, mocha, English-toffee aromas and notes of sweet tobacco, dried roses, shellac and frankincense. Superbly concentrated wine with wonderful presence, structure and density. Plush in scale yet possessing lovely energy and structure. Dark chocolate, blackberry, praline fruit, fine plentiful vigourous graphite tannins that fan across the palate and beautifully balanced roasted chestnut, mocha oak notes. An inky long finish with liquorice, dark chocolate notes and beautiful tannin plume. 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. Unbelievably good to drink now; a great indication of its lasting quality (but suggest you don’t!). Leave it for a minimum of ten years, if you can. 100 points. 2026-2080.
The only tasting notes that matter are yours!
We’ve teamed up with the fine folks at Dan Murphy’s to give away one bottle of 2012 Penfolds Grange to a deserved winner. For those who miss out, the release will be available at every Dan Murphy’s across the country and online.