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1996 Penfolds Grange Hermitage

abv 14.0%
  • 93 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 90 JR
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SKU: 56060-1996-750

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating:

    6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate included in this vintage (replanted 65-70 yrs ago).Very sweet like sugared plums in spiced vanilla. Dense and tight on the palate but a long way to go. Much less sweet on the palate, darker with liquorice, mouthfilling, lacks elegance (yet) and a bit warm at the very end. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    A massive wine, with cascades of potent plum, cherry and blackberry fruit swirling around wafts of black pepper, bay leaf and exotic spice, which last and last on the finish, hinting at smoky, meaty notes. It's all packed in tightly, suggesting this should evolve spectacularly with age. 10,228 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Ruby-red. Complex, high-toned, oak-driven aromas of mocha, flowers, spices, bourbon, peat, licorice, vanilla, cigar tobacco and earth. Juicy and penetrating, with strong mineral, lead pencil, espresso and tobacco flavors. Has a solid backbone and noteworthy grip, but shows no hard edges. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and excellent length.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    This dark purple-colored wine exhibits notes of sweet plum, blackberry, and cassis intermixed with some licorice, chocolate, and espresso. It is a blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon that tips the scales at 14+% alcohol. The wine is layered, unctuously textured, full-bodied with tremendous intensity, moderately high tannin, and a 40-second finish. The wine needs a good 4-5 years of cellaring. This Grange should ultimately merit a higher score when it is closer to its plateau of drinkability.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2005-2025
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2006-2040
    Author: toddr
  • Self | Rating: 96

    A stunning wine. Decant for an hour. Beautiful nose, almost Bordeaux like, great mouth feel and long finish. Mature but years left. Best wine in Australia
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Good flavor. Nice, strong finish. Still required a fair amount of time to open up. Defeinitely benefitted from decanting.
    Author: Bob
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Refined blueberry pie with hints of pepper, leather and tobacco. Delicious! Glad we brought it back from Australia and celebrated our daugher's birth with this very special wine!
    Author: Damian M
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

  • 935 bottles owned
  • 258 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 258 collectors)