Ranked #32 of 443 2015 Shiraz from South Australia
Deep, glass-staining red/purple colour with a very walnutty oak-driven aroma, coconutty too. It's raw and singular, with almonds and various types of nuts leading the way. Cinnamon and nutmeg, blueberries and violets, too. It's an elegant Grange, very full-bodied but not the blockbuster we have seen in recent vintages. Tannins are abundant but soft and quite fine-grained, the finish long-lasting and harmonious. A very smart Grange.
Drink: 2022 to 2045
98+ Points Robert Parker
The nose of the 2015 Grange features the wine's characteristic lifted aromas, joined by pronounced American oak influence and bold blackberry fruit, plus hints of red meat, raspberries, asphalt and vanilla. It's dense and concentrated on the palate, full-bodied yet balanced and firm, with a rich, velvety texture and long, plush finish. Don't expect great complexity at this stage—it's much too young to show much more than the primary fruit and oak elements—but this is a Grange that should easily go three or four decades. Drink 2025 - 2050.
Source: Robert Parker.
99 Points James Halliday
Bang. The first whiff cries Grange. A lifted, fragrant, harmonious blend of fruit, oak (American, of course) and finely pitched tannins. Faultless. It's all relative, but this is starting to relax its grip. And the length is very, very special. Drink to 2055.
Source: James Halliday.
100 Points Andrew Caillard MW
Deep crimson. Intense blackberry, mulberry aromas with meaty roasted chestnut, vanilla malt notes. Classic Grange with inky blackberry mulberry fruits, dense chocolaty tannins, roasted chestnut, vanilla mocha oak complexity, a touch of crème brulée, superb mid palate richness, velvety tannins building to a firm chocolaty plume at the finish. All the elements are perfectly aligned. A Classic Great Grange with superb colour, density and tannin quality. A wonderful wine of huge presence and palate impact. Should outlive us all. A collector’s vintage.
Source: Andrew Caillard MW.