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1981 Penfolds Grange (750ml)
Producer: Penfolds Wines penfolds.com
Appellation: South Eastern Australia - Australia
Type: red
Varietal: Shiraz
Maturity: Mature
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$303.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: May 8, 2010 , RP
97 points "The 1981 stood out as slightly superior. Winemaker John Duval always felt this was a tannic style of Grange, but the wine has shed its tannins, and this is one of the few vintages where the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon was above 10%. Sweet notes of creme de cassis, cedarwood, charcoal, and barbecue spices are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine displaying heady amounts of alcohol, glycerin, and density in its full-bodied, skyscraper-like texture. I was drinking this wine with great pleasure in the mid-nineties, yet here it is nearly 15 years later, and the wine does not appear to have budged much from its evolutionary state. This is a testament to how remarkably well these wines hold up, and age at such a glacial pace. "
rated: October 5, 2010 , brendan forehan