Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Magnum 2006


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Region: Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Magill
Grapes: Shiraz (97%), Cabernet Sauvignon (3%)
First Glance: Iconic, Complex, Deep, Brooding
Acclaim: 98pts

The Wine:
Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, or Grange as it's known to most, is Australian wine royalty. The equal of any 1st Growth or Grand Cru. The architect of the modern Australian wine industry, Max Schubert, first created his masterpiece back in 1951 and released his first vintage in 1952. Grange is a superbly perfumed and concentrated wine that combines the intense fruit and ripe tannins while extracting the nuances of new, fine grained American Oak after 20 months careful maturation. As winemaker, Peter Gago, put it: 'it has an iron fist in a velvet glove.'

The Review: 

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, 98pts
"Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favourite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple coloured... offering notes of warm cherries, blackcurrants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity... promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity... should begin opening out around 2016... drink to 2030+"