Penfolds Shiraz Grange 2015
Grange is Australia’s most collectible wine on the auction market and is listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. It was first created in the 1950s by the late Max Schubert, winemaker at Penfolds, whose aim was to create a Shiraz to end all Shirazes. His wine was controversial when first tasted with others at the winery but has since grown to become a liquid expression of South Australia's hot climate, its most planted grape variety and winemaking with all the bells and whistles. It's always youthful when first bottled and can age for decades, in the correct cellaring conditions.
"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, full bodied, balanced and firm, with a rich, velvety texture and long, plush finish. Don't expect great complexity at this youthful stage, with its primary fruit and oak elements. This Grange should easily last for three to four decades."
Rating 98+/100 Joe Czerwinski
Drinking date from 2025 to 2050