Penfolds Grange Vintage 2008
\"The wait for this Grange release has indeed been worthwhile - arguably the finest vintage since Mother Nature\'s endowment of a number of stellar 1990s vintages. Just how good a vintage only
time will tell, but all current indicators auger (very) well.
Certainly stylistically in the mould of the wonderful 1990 & 1996 vintages.\"
Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief Winemaker
VINEYARD REGION Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Magill.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS Above-average winter rainfall led into a promising vintage, characterised by mild conditions up until February, followed by warmer weather conditions throughout March and April. Penfolds\' South Australian vineyards fared well, producing wines of elegance and intensity.
GRAPE VARIETY 96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
MATURATION This wine was matured for 16 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads.
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.3%
LAST TASTED December 2008
PEAK DRINKING Rewards of Patience, Sixth Edition - 2016 to 2050.
FOOD MATCHES Rare roasted aged fillet with a red wine reduction.
Winemaker comments by
Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief
COLOUR Dark, deep red (at 5 years of age).
NOSE Enticingly fragrant, yet at once \'Grange\' - elements of cola, bay-leaf, malt, Indian spices & nougat. An ethereal oriental lift of glazed Peking Duck is interspersed with fermented black Chinese tea. Oak at one with the wine, other aromatics unite to create a continuum of spice & fruit. Impressive.
PALATE Seamless redefined. Classic Grange structure - tight, defined & balanced, with \'slatey\' / sandy tannins. Saturated fruits - blackberry and concentrated Satsuma plum skin. A darkened flavour theme of chocolate, liquorice and fermented black Chinese tea mask any overt
presence of new oak, courting a long, effortless finish. Intense, powerful vs. composed, polished – an enviable counter-balance.