Penfolds Grange is a wine that needs no introduction, year-after-year this pinnacle of Australian winemaking knocks it out the park, and 2018 was no exception. With two perfect 100-point scores to its name, from both Lisa Perotti-Brown and James Suckling, and 99 points from the Wine Advocate’s Erin Larkin, it’s clear to see that the 2018 truly delivered.

Newly released and coming from what was an excellent vintage in South Australia, the Midas touch of Penfolds ensured that such an opportunity to craft a legend didn’t go to waste.

What many people don’t know is that Grange nearly didn’t even make it out of development during the 1950s when then-head winemaker Max Schubert’s secret project termed “Grange Hermitage” was rejected by the Penfold’s board of directors upon its unveiling. Fortunately for them, Schubert persisted and today Penfolds Grange is one of the most recognised and decorated names in wine.

Well-known for its ageing potential, James Suckling states that the 2018 is, “one of the great Granges that will drink magnificently for decades to come”.

Lisa Perotti-Brown agrees saying it is, “undoubtedly one of the great modern era Granges…Try to keep your hands off this multifaceted powerhouse for 10-15 years and then drink it over the next 50 years+ or bequeath it to your favored next of kin”, lucky them!

Similar sentiments come from Erin Larkin who states, “this is an extraordinary Grange. One of the true greats, which will only get better as it ages”.

Due in later this year, Penfolds Grange 2018 should deservedly take its place in the most hallowed of cellars worldwide where it can happily rest for half a decade or more.

Penfolds Grange 2018
£2170 (6x75cl) IB

100 points | James Suckling
A robust Grange from a lauded vintage, this wields sheer power with such compelling prowess. Uncompromising Grange. There are rich blackberries and plums on offer, together with brazen oak and abundant notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, charcoal, cola and hard brown spices. So fleshy and intense. Dark-chocolate and cocoa-powder aromas and flavors here, too. The tannins are polished and long, extruding deep into the finish and holding endlessly. Dark chocolate, black cherry, dark plum and more. Impressive. Brazen. One of the great Granges that will drink magnificently for decades to come.

100 points | Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
Composed of 97% Shiraz with a 3% splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Grange was sourced from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and Clare Valley. It was aged for 18 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads (slightly larger than the classic Bordeaux barriques). It sports an opaque purple-black color, while the nose begins as an impenetrable wall of blueberry pie and blackberry preserves. Patience and vigorous swirling eventually unlock an underlying perfume of Indian spices, cedar chest, sassafras, fragrant soil, and cracked black peppercorns, with slowly emerging wafts of licorice, charcuterie, and rose oil. The assertive, full-bodied palate is taut and muscular, featuring very firm, super tight-knit tannins and seamless acidity, finishing long, long, long. Undoubtedly one of the great modern era Granges, this 2018 is like a hypothetical blend of the concentrated, powerful 2013, albeit with the latent expressiveness of the fabulously opulent, flamboyant 2008. Try to keep your hands off this multifaceted powerhouse for 10-15 years and then drink it over the next 50 years+ or bequeath it to your favored next of kin.

99 points | Erin Larkin, The Wine Advocate
This wine comes with high expectations—as does the vintage. The 2018 vintage across South Australia (and cheekily, we could probably extend the accolade to all of Australia) was excellent. It was warm, but without incident, and responsible for powerfully ripe, serious wines. Many producers made some of their best wines in this vintage. So here, to the 2018 Grange: there is spiced raspberry, lashings of salted licorice, red curry paste, layers of forest berries, rendered lamb fat and crushed pink peppercorns to start. In the mouth, the tannins close around the fruit with the same polish and seamlessness as the 2008, possibly the 2004? Very different vintages, but there is a textural similarity for me. This is polished and glossy and so very pretty. It contains 3% Cabernet Sauvignon this year, and 69% Barossa, 18% McLaren Vale and the balance from Clare Valley. Each of the regions brings with it its own characteristics. Barossa brings the red dirt, blood, deli meat and rust. McLaren Vale brings the plush purple fruits with a side of meat and licorice. Clare brings the polish, the opulence and the velvet texture. With their powers combined, this is an extraordinary Grange. One of the true greats, which will only get better as it ages.

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