2017 penfolds, grange, south australia (750ml)
Why We're Buying
Penfolds Grange is the wine by which all other great Australian wines are measured. Not only did it transform the country’s industry, but it has compiled more hardware than a Home Depot, including Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year. So, it might be surprising to learn that Grange was panned upon release. It was only after three years of tinkering with the recipe that Penfolds winemaker Max Schubert perfected this now-iconic red blend. The 2017 Penfolds Grange zigs where previous vintages have zagged. It’s only the seventh iteration in nearly seven decades made from 100 shiraz. Chief winemaker Peter Gago sourced 86 of grapes from the Barossa Valley and 14 from McLaren Vale to create a substantive, concentrated, and decadent wine. Still, 2017 Grange remains ethereal with youthful energy and floral notes. Thanks to its well-structured frame, this shiraz should age well for more than 20 years. The Final Sip: No country is more indebted to a single wine than Australia is to Penfolds. The supreme quality makes 2017 Grange an essential case for any serious wine collector.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Strongly marked—as always—by its 100 American oak elevage, the 2017 Grange backs up the cedar and vanilla notes with ample blackberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied, ripe and almost decadently creamy in the mouth, it's loaded with substance, concentrated and rich, yet—in the context of Grange—relatively light and elegant-seeming on the finish. Only the seventh-ever Grange to be exclusively Shiraz, it originates from Barossa Valley (86) and McLaren Vale (14); Shiraz from other growing regions in South Australia failed to make the grade this year.