Penfolds Grange Vintage 2010 750ml
PENFOLDS GRANGE 2010
“A kaleidoscopic sensorial unfolding!”
“Be warned – a deception of approachability invoked via a tightroped/exacting balance and fruited/structural charm.” “Worth the wait – after a one decade deliberation this wine strenuously asserts Grange’s positioning in the new millennium!”
PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER
OVERVIEW Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia.
Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy
between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia. Grange utilises fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured
and textured 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. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of
Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district, blending philosophy.
GRAPE VARIETY 96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
VINEYARD REGION Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Magill Estate
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.9 g/L, pH: 3.57
MATURATION 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads
Healthy winter rains in the Barossa Valley were followed by a dry and mild-to-warm spring which aided
budburst. Consistent and slower growth continued and overlaid flowering and fruit set. December
temperatures were much cooler, offering vines ideal growing conditions leading to veraison in early January.
Summer rainfall came early which was followed by dry, warm weather, alleviating any disease concerns.
Mild conditions followed during harvest, with yields in some vineyards below average due to the dry season
overall. The fruit from these regions showcases excellent colour, concentrated flavour development and
integrated tannins – hallmarks of a stand-out 2010 vintage.
COLOUR Black to the core, purple on the rim
An immediate barrel-ferment propulsion – sweet and candied, with a peaty, iodine, green olive base.
Beneath this, a barely-concealed swirl of Vegemite/yeast extract/concentrated salt-paste - laced with paprika,
oregano flower and thyme.
A slurry of cocoa powder, a scented waft of black pudding, and a splash of nori-roll/sea-spray temporarily
balance this aromatic equation.
But then, a minute or two later all changes…
PALATE Dense, paste-like texture and weight.
A balsamic liveliness/lift/energy is unleashed.
Tannins focus on the roof of the mouth, laden with an additional film of (85% cacao) dark chocolate, mocha.
A mix of quince and sesame-paste laden with basted meats and saturated stewed plum, boysenberry, blueberry.
Tightly bound – wait for decompression!
Complete, Confident, Convincing.
PEAK DRINKING 2018 – 2060
LAST TASTED July 2014