Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Regardless of vintage, Grange delivers fresh fruit in a delicious, clear and explosive style without any overpowering woodiness or unnecessary complexities.
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. 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 and, at this relatively early stage, provide for a more powerful Grange stamp on the palate than on the nose.