Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Regardless of vintage, Grange delivers astonishing weight of fruit in a delicious, explosive style without any overpowering oak or gratuitous complexity. Strong dark Shiraz berry flavours are the hallmarks of Grange, the illustrious pantheon of eminent 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, decorum and poise.
Vintage 2000 produced a smaller crop of better quality fruit, harvests were reduced but the quality was very good. 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 throughout Barossa Vally. The finished Bin 95 was aged eighteen months in the pick of new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.0%
Deep bright red crimson. 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. A wine with trademark mid-palate richness, a mouthfilling, generous and expansive palate. Dark chocolate and plum fruits court a deceptive play of substantial ripe tannins, an elegant nose, a more powerful presence on the palate.