2010 Penfolds GrangeBlend from Australia
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- 100 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 99 Wine Enthusiast
- 99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 98 Wine Spectator
100 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
The 2010 Grange arrives with much expectation and does not disappoint. This is a powerhouse, structurally superior to both the 2009 and 2008 vintages and breathtakingly dense, long and precise. The nose has cola, blackberry, vanillin, hard brown spices of all kinds, coal smoke, meaty charcuterie elements and a strong tarry, savory note that speaks of the 85% Barossa Valley componentry. The palate has super deep tannins that fan out through flavorsome black fruits. These are purposeful tannins; they bristle on the palate, tantalizing and assertive yet playful, strong not aggressive. The power here is the thing; this has mouth-coating density and terrific drive, so tightly coiled, it gives enough away to suggest a very, very long cellaring wine is here. This is a classic Grange that will please the serious collectors. A wine of genuine pedigree. Better in 2026.
99 Wine Enthusiast
This inky, embryonic wine deserves to be cellared until at least 2025 and should drink well for at least 25 years after that. It takes its time opening up in the glass to reveal notes of grilled meat, vanilla and plum. In the mouth, it’s full bodied and firmly built, with a wall of chewy tannins surrounding a deep ripe core. #3 Top 100 Cellat Selections 2016.Joe Czerwinski,
99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in color, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced - replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. If I have any very slight complaint of this near perfect wine it is that it seems a little too clinical and appears to speak less of the land and the heart of South Australia and more of the very skilled winemaking than did the Grange from the magical 2008 vintage..Lisa Perrotti-Brown,
98 Wine Spectator
Focused, elegant, powerful and layered, with plum, currant, floral, spice and coffee flavors that come together seamlessly and persist on the long and complex finish. Has presence and deftness in equal measure, exhibiting well-integrated tannins. Best from 2018 through 2030.
100 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
99 - Wine Enthusiast
99 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
98 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Syrah / Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Taste||currant, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla|
|Nose||spice box, cedar, dark fruit, currant, blackberry, cherry and cigar box|