Winery Region:Barossa Valley
Robert Parker Rating:93
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RP 93 points: A very hedonistic, almost decadent style of Grange, this blend of 91% Shiraz & 9% Cabernet Sauvignon from three grape sources - Kalimna in the Barossa, Penfolds' other sources in the Barossa, & McLaren Vale - is a gorgeously opulent, almost Pomerol-like Grange with an over-ripe characteristic to the fruit. Cherry liqueur intermixed with cranberry & cassis presented in a seductive, full-bodied, very soft, forward style is truly not the classic Grange in the sense of having huge structure & massive concentration, but this wine is loaded, very corpulent, & fleshy. The wine is going to last for up to two decades, but it will be uncommonly succulent & delicious to drink young, as it was several months ago. Among the young vintages of Grange, this is perhaps the most flattering wine that they have produced over the last 20 years, at least for such a relatively young wine. Anticipated maturity: now-2018.
93 points. Source: Robert Parker (eRobertParker.com) February 2002 by Robert Parker
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