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Professional Ratings: 95 The Wine Advocate, 95 International Wine Cellar, 95 Australian Wine Companion, 94 Wine Spectator, 93 Wine & Spirits
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 120955
As a five year-old, dense vivid red - impenetrable almost to the rim. Unmistakably Grange - formic, ripe, pungent, confronting. The core has darker elements of soy, cola, peat, coal-dust, Dutch black licorice with sesame, seaweed, and quince paste. Beneath, coffee-grind, mocha, and bitter chocolate (from oak?). Above, African spices coupled with a fleeting and appealing glacial waft.
Peak drinking anticipated 2014–2045.
At once, balanced and accessible; fresh and tight. A structural and textural continuum - no beginning or end, no gaps. Complete. In an attempt to define the palate profile. Flavors of dates, persimmon, roasted nuts... freshly baked pecan-pie, Portuguese custard tart. The oak is omnipresent yet neither prominent nor ostentatious -completely assimilated. The tannins are neither obstructive nor aggressive, yet effortlessly conveying flavors. Yes, maturation of 21 months in barrel and three years in bottle has molded quite the structural and tactile Grange package.
Blend: 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet
The 2007 Penfolds Grange is comprised of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon coming predominately from Barossa vineyards with smaller proportions from Magill Estate and McLaren Vale. It was matured for 21 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is intensely scented of vibrant blueberry preserve, mulberry and kirsch aromas over hints of cedar, mocha, vanilla and anise. The full bodied palate is richly fruited with pure black berry and baking spice flavors offset by crisp acidity and a firm level of velvety tannins, finishing long. This is quite an opulent, forward Grange, which is very tempting to drink now, though of course will reward at least 5-10 years of cellaring and should keep to 2030+.
Opaque ruby. A heady, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes cherry compote, cassis, violet, pipe tobacco and smoky, vanillin oak. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors show liqueur-like power, with floral pastille, licorice and spicecake nuances building in the glass. Tannins come up with air but are quickly absorbed by this wine's lush fruit. Smoky and sweet on the finish, which lingers with outstanding persistence.
Full crimson, with a purple rim; a blend of 98% shiraz and 2% cabernet sauvignon that exudes power and authority; the bouquet is already complex, the American oak making an impact as it always does when Grange is in its youth, the palate with multiple layers of predominantly black fruits; the tannins, like the oak, need to soften, and should do so well before the fruit starts to fade. Follows the Grange pattern, with 21 months in the 100% new American oak in which it finished its fermentation. A good grange, but not a very good/great one.
Ripe and inviting, with the richness and expansiveness to support the juicy plum, currant, blackberry, pepper and licorice flavors stylishly, lingering expressively on the focused finish. Best from 2015 through 2022.
From a hot vintage with litter winter rainfall to ameliorate the drought conditions, the 2007 Grange has plummy sweetness and touches of fruitcake that show the season. It's a wine that delivers its power with gentleness, with an intriguing mineral aspect to the tannins and some tartness to the cherry fruit that sustains a sense of freshness in the midst of the wild ripeness. An impressive performance and a formidable wine in a challenging year.