Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1982


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Region: Multi-Regional Blend, Mainly Barossa and Eden Valley
Grapes: Shiraz (94%), Cabernet Sauvignon (6%)
First Glance: Rare, Aged, Complex, Iconic
Acclaim: 97pts

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:
Robert Parker, Tasted June 2009 - 97pts
"One of the jammiest, most precocious Granges when it was released, it has never gone through a closed stage and continues to drink beautifully. A full-bodied, opulent Grange, it reveals an inky/purple color to the rim as well as a beautiful nose of crushed blueberries, blackberries, smoke, toast, roasted herbs, and road tar. This dense, plush, expansive, seamless, seductive 1982 has not changed much since I had it nearly a decade ago."