Double Home Run: 2008 Penfolds Grange Shiraz

The 2008 Penfolds Grange scores a double home run. The Australian-made Shiraz received a perfect 100 point score from Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Achieving a perfect 100 points from one review is hard enough, but the 2008 Penfolds Grange must truly be something special to have impressed both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

penfoldsPenfolds managed the early-ripening Shiraz from precious older, lower-yielding, self-regulating vines. Rigorous harvesting and meticulous classification resulted in a swag of pristine fruit from Penfolds’ prime vineyards in the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. The deep colors, superb aromatics and dense ripe tannins all point to a classic Penfolds vintage.

“An utterly majestic Shiraz, sleek and seamless, brimming with ripeness on a framework that allows for grace and expressiveness in equal measure.  The intensity of fresh blueberry and plum fruit holds attention until the nuances kick in, offering glints of exotic spice, coffee, cocoa, bay leaf and mint.  Shows tremendous presence without a lot of weight, the tannins present but not even close to getting in the way.  A great wine now with plenty of room to grow. Drink now through 2040.” says, Harvey Steiman, Editor-at-Large of Wine Spectator.

We don’t know about you, but we are curious as to what it tastes like. A wine that has two perfect scores, and descriptions like “utterly majestic” and “tremendous presence”…yes, definitely curious.

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