2012 Penfolds Grange - 99 points (Wine Advocate, Lisa Perotti-Brown)
The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia.
Crafted utilising fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and structured Shiraz grapes, the result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.
'2012 was marvellous in South Australia, tricky weather at flowering set a very small crop of loose bunches, then a solid summer growing season manifest as wines of immense concentration and balance. This will shut down upon release but will ultimately be one of the greatest Granges of the modern era.' Justin Knock MW
Origin: Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale / South Australia / Australia
Grapes: 98% Shiraz / 2% Cabernet Sauvignon