1986 Penfolds - Grange (Hermitage) 750ml

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1986 Penfolds - Grange (Hermitage)
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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

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)

Drink Dates: 1995-2025
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Wine Advocate | 99

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.

Drink Dates: 2005-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: E2002

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Wine Spectator | 98

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.

Drink Dates: 2006-2010
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Score: 96
Author: MarcelB
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/20/2010
just entering mature phase but still ascending.ripe fruit,very chewy with huge mouthfeel
Score: 96
Author: 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.
More Vintages and Sizes of Penfolds - Grange (Hermitage):

1998 (750ml)
1997 (750ml)

About This Producer


Over the past 40 years, Penfolds has earned its reputation as Australia's premier red wine producer and has played a large part in putting Australian wines on the world map. Over the past five years, winemaker Peter Gago has been instrumental in keeping Penfolds at the top of the Austrailian wine industry. Penfolds Grange, the estate's flagship, is characterized by its rich texture, complexity, and concentrated fruit. Penfolds's entire collection spans across many styles and labels including Penfolds Super Premiums, Special Bin Range, Cellar Reserve Range, Bin Range, Thomas Hyland Range, Koonunga Hill Range, Rawson's Retreat Range, and Fortified Wines.

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