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1998 Penfolds - Grange (Hermitage)

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA /
abv 18.0%
  • 99 WA
  • 99 WS
  • 97 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 56060-1998
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

    ($205) Very deep red-ruby. Smoky, deeply concentrated fruit bomb of a nose: blackberry, dark plum, cassis; creamy vanilla and lightly toasty coconutty oak; and ethereal background notes of white pepper, smoked meats, musky spices, tar and licorice. Profoundly concentrated but velvety-smooth and seamless; impressively muscular and thickly coated with oak, and bound by drying, astringent tannins. Without question the most concentrated Grange of all time, utterly steeped in blackberry flavors; a real show pony. It's also the most alcoholic Grange ever made, and at a declared 14.5% does taste warm and spirity - the first Grange to do so. It also ventures to some degree into the realm of currant and prune. No doubt a brilliant wine, but only time will tell if, with its elevated alcohol and its superripe flavors, this 1998 version ranks with the very best Grange vintages.
    Author: Jeremy Oliver
    Issue: July/August 2003
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    3% Cabernet Sauvignon.ÿIntense cassis fruit pastille and a clear note of eucalyptus on nose and palate. Powerful sweet fruit, very smooth even though there is still a firm grip, and full of fruit sweetness. Chocolate and velvet and a still youthful structure. Fresh acidity balances the finish though perhaps not fully integtated yet. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 99

    Powerful, aristocratic and impressive in the way it gathers up its flavors and lets them hang on and on. The range starts with black cherry, blackberry, exotic spice and mineral, and moves on to dark licorice, pepper and subtle gamy notes. Then it all comes together and picks up speed on the lingering finish. 9,000 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    The 1998 Grange will be legendary. A blend of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, it tips the scales at a whopping 14.5% alcohol. The inky/purple color is followed by an extraordinarily intense nose of creme de cassis intermixed with blueberry and floral notes. As the wine sits in the glass, aromas of meat, plums, and cola also emerge. It is a seamless effort with sweet tannin, well-integrated acidity, sensational extract, and layer upon layer of blackberry and cassis fruit that stain the palate and fill the mouth. Its harmony, freshness, and remarkable length (the finish lasts nearly a minute) suggest an all-time classic.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: JP
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Mark Fox
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Leftymtb
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2006-2030
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating:

    Drank after too many bottles with the Bermans and Kojimas. Was definitely throwing pearls at swine. In any case, this wine can sit a long time. Don't touch it for at least five more years.
    Author: Byron G11
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Huge, needs time. Port-like.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2030
    Author: Jerry
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Impenetrably colored with thin deeply hued legs. Rather closed at present but there is no denying the wine?s formidable latent power. Roasted earth, cashews, some balsamico, and deep, near bottomless red and black fruits can be coaxed out of the wine with extended airing. Huge but polished tannin with more than enough acidity to carry the wine during its needed long sojourn in the cellar (although the cynic in me thinks that the wine?s structure should be near perfect given the engineering Penfolds applies to this wine). Right now this wine is all about potential. The 1998 consists of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet. The grapes came from the Barossa Valley including Kalimna Vineyard, Padthaway, and Magill in Adelaide. The wine was aged in new American oak for 18 months before being put into bottle.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2024+
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Smoky, smooth, dark berries and lavender. A really great wine, yet somehow not quite perfect, particularly on the finish.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2030
    Author: ebgreenb
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Still dark purple at almost 20! Smoky, earthy with spices and a long finish. Got better as the night wore on.
    Author: Rodney M
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Still years and years to go but profound nonetheless.
    Author: Stephen G41
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

  • 2791 bottles owned
  • 527 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 527 collectors)