1986 Penfolds - Grange (Hermitage) 750ml

Australia - South Australia/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

JR 17.5   Collector 96
1986 Penfolds - Grange (Hermitage) Front View
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Jancis Robinson | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 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.

Rating: 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

Average rating: 95, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

675 bottles owned by 186 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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