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1998 Penfolds - Grange (Hermitage) Syrah - Australia - South Australia - Red

Australia - South Australia

Red Syrah
Producer Notes

Over the past 40 years, Penfolds has earned its reputation as Australia's premier red wine producer and has played a large part in putting Australian wines on the world map. Over the past five years, winemaker Peter Gago has been instrumental in keeping Penfolds at the top of the Austrailian wine industry. Penfolds Grange, the estate's flagship, is characterized by its rich texture, complexity,... More »

JR 17.5
WS 99
WA 99
IWC 97
Drink Dates
Comm: 2011-2030 WA: 2006-2030 WS: 2007+
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IWC 97
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 109

($205) Very deep red-ruby. Smoky, deeply concentrated fruit bomb of a nose: blackberry, dark plum, cassis; creamy vanilla and lightly toasty coconutty oak; and ethereal background notes of white pepper, smoked meats, musky spices, tar and licorice. Profoundly concentrated but velvety-smooth and seamless; impressively muscular and thickly coated with oak, and bound by drying, astringent tannins. Without question the most concentrated Grange of all time, utterly steeped in blackberry flavors; a real show pony. It's also the most alcoholic Grange ever made, and at a declared 14.5% does taste warm and spirity - the first Grange to do so. It also ventures to some degree into the realm of currant and prune. No doubt a brilliant wine, but only time will tell if, with its elevated alcohol and its superripe flavors, this 1998 version ranks with the very best Grange vintages.

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JR 17.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2007-2035

3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense cassis fruit pastille and a clear note of eucalyptus on nose and palate. Powerful sweet fruit, very smooth even though there is still a firm grip, and full of fruit sweetness. Chocolate and velvet and a still youthful structure. Fresh acidity balances the finish though perhaps not fully integtated yet. (JH)

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WA 99
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 148
Drink Dates 2006-2030

The 1998 Grange will be legendary. A blend of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, it tips the scales at a whopping 14.5% alcohol. The inky/purple color is followed by an extraordinarily intense nose of creme de cassis intermixed with blueberry and floral notes. As the wine sits in the glass, aromas of meat, plums, and cola also emerge. It is a seamless effort with sweet tannin, well-integrated acidity, sensational extract, and layer upon layer of blackberry and cassis fruit that stain the palate and fill the mouth. Its harmony, freshness, and remarkable length (the finish lasts nearly a minute) suggest an all-time classic.

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WS 99
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2007+

Powerful, aristocratic and impressive in the way it gathers up its flavors and lets them hang on and on. The range starts with black cherry, blackberry, exotic spice and mineral, and moves on to dark licorice, pepper and subtle gamy notes. Then it all comes together and picks up speed on the lingering finish. 9,000 cases made.

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Author Mark Fox
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.098%
Tasted On 07/04/2013
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Author Leftymtb
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.179%
Tasted On 03/31/2013
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Author Tj R
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Tasted On 11/04/2012
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Author Stephen G41
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.21%
Tasted On 08/28/2012

Still years and years to go but profound nonetheless.

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Author ebgreenb
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.96%
Tasted On 06/22/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2030

Smoky, smooth, dark berries and lavender. A really great wine, yet somehow not quite perfect, particularly on the finish.

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Author Tallydoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.525%
Tasted On 08/11/2010
Drink Dates 2006-2030
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Author JP
Site / Blog Trust Rating 82.906%
Tasted On 12/29/2008
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Author Jerry
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 83.333%
Tasted On 01/04/2008
Drink Dates 2010-2030

Huge, needs time. Port-like.

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Author Byron G11
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 10/29/2007

Drank after too many bottles with the Bermans and Kojimas. Was definitely throwing pearls at swine. In any case, this wine can sit a long time. Don't touch it for at least five more years.

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 12/01/2005
Drink Dates 2017-2024+

Impenetrably colored with thin deeply hued legs. Rather closed at present but there is no denying the wine?s formidable latent power. Roasted earth, cashews, some balsamico, and deep, near bottomless red and black fruits can be coaxed out of the wine with extended airing. Huge but polished tannin with more than enough acidity to carry the wine during its needed long sojourn in the cellar (although the cynic in me thinks that the wine?s structure should be near perfect given the engineering Penfolds applies to this wine). Right now this wine is all about potential. The 1998 consists of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet. The grapes came from the Barossa Valley including Kalimna Vineyard, Padthaway, and Magill in Adelaide. The wine was aged in new American oak for 18 months before being put into bottle.

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