The 2008 vintage of the iconic Penfolds Grange was anticipated with great excitement by the media and public alike. 2008 was hailed as an exceptional vintage, especially in the Barossa where 89 percent of the grapes for the 2008 Grange were sourced. But few expected the frenzy created by the 100 point review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
Penfolds first launched the 2008 Grange to trade and media in early March with a hefty price tag of $685, but after the Wine Advocate’s review was published in April demand for the wine soared. Subsequently, Penfolds took the controversial step of raising the price by another $100 to $785.
So why all the fuss?
Certainly, the highly respected Sydney Morning Herald Wine Critic Huon Hooke wasn’t overly impressed with the 100 point score, calling it absurd and wondering how a wine that takes at least 15 to 20 years to fully mature could be perfect now:
I say absurd, because I don’t believe in ‘perfect’ wines, or perfect scores; I have never rated any wine 100 points myself, and I simply ask what score these reviewers would give the wine when it’s fully mature and singing at its best – in about 15 to 20 years. It will be a far better wine then. It’s too young to drink now, and while it looks to have the potential to rank alongside the greatest Granges, it’s very difficult to say at this early stage just how good it will eventually be. (So how good is the latest Grange, Huon Hooke, Corkscore News, 7 May 2013)
Good point! But with respect to the Wine Advocate’s history of reviewing Penfolds Grange, the 100 point score is in fact a rarity. The first and only vintage to be rated as highly as … Read the rest