Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Penfolds renowned 2000 Grange is only the fifth vintage to be made from 100% Shiraz. It is also, atypically, 100% Barossa fruit. While it is not considered to be one of the great Granges, the 2000 exhibits outstanding potential, and is much more accessible than usual. One of the top wines I tasted from this vintage, its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet nose of blackberries. While this is no wimpy wine, it is an ideal example for readers who are unwilling to invest the patience required for the big, blockbuster Granges.
Strong yet tempermental grape and deep berry flavours are the hallmarks of Grange, and the Penfolds winemakers have maintained the magic. Grange 2000 is an excellent example of the style transcending a most challenging South Australian vintage. Oak plays a supportive role, perfectly integrated and absorbed. This is a wine of admirable balance and poise. As in most south-eastern districts, some rain fell between Christmas and New Year, followed by very dry and very hot conditions until March. Crops were down by 2 to 40%, yielding exclusive parcels of superior Grange quality fruit in the Barossa. This wine was aged for eighteen months in new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.0% Acidity 6.80g/L pH 3.59.
Deep (bright) red crimson in colour. At once a youthful Grange, smoky barrel fermented notes hover above a complex base of black liquorice, tobacco, black pepper, exotic spices and plummy, berried fruits. Dark chocolate and plum fruits court a deceptive play of substantial ripe tannins, a more powerful Grange stamp on the palate than on the nose.