Shiraz Barossa McLaren South Australia
Penfolds remarkable winemaking philosophy ensures each vintage of Penfolds Grange has its own vintage character, which continually evolves and surprises. The 2002 is at the other end of the Grange spectral offer to its previous vintage, purely as a result of two very different climatic vintages.100% new oak is completely absorbed, meshed with ripe tannins, completing a palate of impressive length and youthfulness.
Named after the Grange cottage built in 1845 on Magill Estate, itself named after Mary Penfold's family home in England. Labelled Grange Hermitage until the 1989 vintage, and Grange since the 1990 vintage, made at Magill until 1973 then Nuriootpa Barossa Valley until 2000, then back to Magill since 2001 Packaged in laser etched bottles with identification numbers since the 1994 vintage. 100% Shiraz from the century-old vines of the Kalimna, and other vineyards in the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and McLaren Vale. A cool to mild growing season marked by intermittent rains. Maturation in new American oak hogsheads for eighteen months. Alcohol 13.50% Acidity 7.00g/L pH 3.43.
Winemaker comments by Peter Gago. As a five year old at the time of tasting, and just before its annual release, the wine is deep, dark and impenetrable. Immediately Grange, the aromatics just happen to be compatible with that of Shiraz. The aromas transform and complex across many planes, with air and over time in the glass. At first, a rich mix of dark chocolate infused with coffee bean and black liquorice, then scents of tar, aniseed, raw (pure) soy and black olive. Is it oak, or a hybrid, barrel ferment character that can be captured as it oscillates in and out of this beguiling aromatic offering? Dark berried flavours and textural sensations accessible, as yet hidden, untapped flavour and structure.