Lists of top wines published by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate always grab headlines. The 2012 Penfolds Grange was featured on The Wine Advocate’s top 20 most “extraordinary” red wines, a list created from wines tasted in the bumper October issue that covered top drops from the USA, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia and Greece. It shared company with the 2013 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz.
Reviewer Lisa Perrotti-Brown said that the “2012 Grange and the 2013 St. Henri are right up there with the very best vintages of these wines ever made.”
Given the accolades almost all vintages of the St Henri regularly receive from top Australian and international wine reviewers, I’m impressed that you can continue to find the current vintage for less than $100. (We have the 2012 vintage listed on the Cellarit Wine Market for $89.99). Perrotti-Brown agrees, making the following observation: “St. Henri is where the smart money is these days. The 2013 is right up there in terms of quality with the gorgeous 2010. No, it’s not cheap, but I do believe it thus far remains fairly priced at a fraction of the cost of Grange. An extraordinary wine in its own right, the St. Henri 2012 should reward the patient and cellar for many, many years.”
Of course, each release of Penfolds Grange tests new price points, but given the average price of the Chateau Latour 2012, also on the list, was $2,888 a bottle, you have to keep the price tag for Australia’s most famous wine in perspective!
Here’s Perrotti-Brown’s stunning 99 point review of the 2012 vintage:
The 2012 Grange comes from just two sub-regions of South Australia this year: Barossa Valley (the majority) and McLaren Vale. This makes a lot of sense since 2012 was a cracking year in both of these areas, producing a number of extraordinary wines. As usual, this Grange contains a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, just 2%. Very deep purple-black in color, it opens on the nose with complex earthy/meaty/savory notes,.. [Read More]