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1986 Penfolds - Grange (Hermitage) 750ml
1986 Penfolds - Grange (Hermitage)
Australia - South Australia
Red / Syrah
1986 Penfolds - Grange (Hermitage)
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Professional Reviews

JR
17.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Julia Harding MW

13% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark blackish garnet. Very restrained on the nose. Delicate leathery sweetness and some earthy notes and eucalyptus Chewy thick tannins, sweet and plummy and a little warm on the finish. Fresh aftertaste but just that thickness which seems to me to lack elegance. Long and dense and chewy. (JH)

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WA
99

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: E2002

A current as well as future legend, this has long been considered by Penfolds' winemaking team as the greatest Grange of the 1980s. And why not? A blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, it tips the scales at nearly 14% alcohol. I have been fortunate to have this wine nearly a dozen times, and I have consistently rated it 96-100. It was virtually perfect in June, exhibiting an opaque purple color and a provocative nose of creme de cassis intermixed with smoke, chocolate, licorice, new saddle leather, and pepper. The wine is fleshy, massively concentrated, multi-dimensional with extraordinary power, beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, and alcohol, that seems to only occur in the greatest vintages. Moreover, the wine is still a baby and ideally in need of another 3-5 years of cellaring.

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WS
98

Wine Spectator Author: Harvey Steiman

Approaching full maturity, this has developed into a huge mouthful of cherry, raspberry, plum, prune, anise and mineral flavors that keep expanding on the palate.

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Community Reviews

96

MarcelB Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 11/20/2010

just entering mature phase but still ascending.ripe fruit,very chewy with huge mouthfeel

96

Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 12/01/2005 Drink Dates: 2009-2017

Shockingly deep purple color. Still youthful aromas of plum, oak, mint, vanilla, high-toned spice, and some "redwood". Thick and rich with excellent length and lush acidity. Scads of layered and intense fruit cascade across the palate. Simply gorgeous despite it not being quite mature yet. 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet that was raised for 20 months in new American oak hogsheads. Grapes were sourced from Kalimna in the Barossa, Modbury in Adelaide, the McLaren Vale, and Clare Valley.

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