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1982 Penfolds - Grange (Hermitage)

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA /
  • 97 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 56060-1982-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Packed with bright flavors, raspberry and red plum dominating, with great length and sweet tannins to suggest a long life. Harmonious and elegant beneath focused power.--Penfolds Grange vertical. 5,000 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 1982 is another superb example of that. One of the jammiest, most precocious Granges when it was released, it has never gone through a closed stage and continues to drink beautifully. A full-bodied, opulent Grange, it reveals an inky/purple color to the rim as well as a beautiful nose of crushed blueberries, blackberries, smoke, toast, roasted herbs, and road tar. This dense, plush, expansive, seamless, seductive 1982 has not changed much since I had it nearly a decade ago.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Whiclar Wines on the main label as UK importer. This particular 'icon' seems relatively cheap - a subject discussed articlesa200810093.html target= title= onclick=>here. Blackish ruby. Molten treacle toffee plus tarmac on a hot day. Edge of coconut. Just the merest hint of oxidation. So easy to see why this wine was initially dismissed as 'dry port tasting of ants'. Very rich yet dry on the end with quite a bit of acidity. Very refreshing - perhaps because of its whole 6% of Cabernet Sauvignon. According to the label, just 13%.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 95

    A deep surprisingly still youthful color. There is a bit of VA in the bouquet that accompanies extremely attractive nuances of plum, strawberry, pine, and American oak. Lots of sweet fruit in the mouth drops off to reveal gorgeous smooth, sweet oak on the finish. Well balanced. Not as complex as one desires but there is not doubting that what this wine provides is exemplary. 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet that was aged for 18 months in new American oak. Grapes came from the Barossa Valley (including Kalimna Vineyard), Magill and Modbury in Adelaide, and the Clare Valley. Drink now to 2012 (longer if you are British).
    Drink Dates: 2005-2012
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Gorgeous with a creamy taste, like a sherry on steroids. This is on a level that is unique and all its own. Perfect.
    Drink Dates: 2008+
    Author: Ricknat1
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.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the Shiraz-specializing Barossa Valley as well as revered Riesling zones Clare Valley and Eden Valley. South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 377 bottles owned
  • 129 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 129 collectors)