Penfolds Grange 2018 750ml
SKU: 012354007208

Penfolds Grange 2018

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Category Red Wine
Origin Australia, South Australia
Brand Penfolds
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
Radiant deep red, on rim, black core. On the nose, maybe it's freshness, brashness but it's so ... well, it's so definitively Grange-y! Instantly, an assault of piercing V.A. (seemingly quite masterfully dialled-up!), a portal of pulsating formics ... tempered by relaxed barrel-ferment notes. Conveying what is then revealed via waves of lingering and layered aromatics: First the fruit - ripe blackberries/blackcurrant reduction, laced with spices - notably fennel and anise. Then a sprinkle of dark chocolate, cocoa-powder ... and cola. Without prying, unabashed scents akin to charcoaled lamb fat, and raw wagyu carpaccio (amid caper berries) arise to authenticate shiraz DNA. A modicum of modesty, attempting to conceal all beneath a blackened veil of hydrocarbon shoepolish/sootiness/coal dust and slate. Conceded, the presence of an ever-so-subtle yet complexing higher-tone mahogany/piano-polish/ lacquer - no doubt derived from the earth, not oak. A trepidant tension unfolds - youthful fruitiness wrestling an inky and dense powerhouse. On the palate, balance and shape ... classy and poised, YET Grange. Familial flavours of a deconstructed Black Forest Cake/trifle - chocolate, custard, bright wild raspberry; redcurrant. So many other less-obvious flavour 'distractions' - mushroom pâté/duxelles, replete with a beefy accompaniment. Notes of sarsaparilla whirled into the mix. Also, an assortment of fresh red and black liquorice - 'straight out of the bag'. A tactile overdose - omnipresent and even tannins. Mouthcoating - a confluence of tannin/acidity/oak/fruit - all joyously meshed together. A convex mid-palate (dare it be said, 'a strong core' !) that generously supports upfront palate grip and a continuum of delight all the way to lengthy, lingering finish. Truly 'alive', Upon sitting and with air, all transforms. A second revised tasting-note, however, can definitely wait. There will be ample opportunity over the next half-century!
Wine Enthusiast
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The latest release, from the warm '18 vintage, of Penfolds's most iconic wine delivers on all it promises. Even sans decanting, it promptly fills the nose with a multitude of aromas, from black cherry and lightly grilled plums to dark chocolate and cracked black pepper; from roasting herbs and spices (think bay leaf, rosemary, thyme and dried mint), to a polished glean of well-integrated oak. The palate is powerful, in a dignified way, with a sculpted shape, fine, chalky tannins and persistent flavor. Decades of age await, but if well decanted and well paired, it's drinking remarkably beautifully now.

March 1, 2023
Wine Spectator
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A remarkable wine, bursting with complexity and intensity but on a polished, mouthcoating and juicy frame, which makes this easy to enjoy now. Features chicory, sarsaparilla, dark chocolate and salted caramel notes that mingle with ripe black cherry, framboise and huckleberry flavors, backed by hints of almond paste and savory details of cured meat and fresh-crushed rosemary that linger on the epic finish. Drink now through 2045. 426 cases imported.

December 15, 2022
  • v98

Inky, bright-rimmed violet. A kaleidoscopic, penetrating bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruit preserves, espresso, cola, incense, coconut and Moroccan spices, along with a smoky mineral topnote. Shows superb clarity and mineral lift to the sweet, deeply concentrated black currant, bitter cherry, dark chocolate, fruitcake and mocha flavors, which are sharpened by a spicy element. A vein of juicy acidity adds support and drives a wonderfully long, smoky finish that leaves a suave floral note behind.

September 2022

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