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2001 Penfolds Grange (750ml)
Producer: Penfolds Wines penfolds.com
Appellation: South Eastern Australia - Australia
Type: red
Varietal: Shiraz
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$224.99
Alcohol %: 14.5
Tasting Notes:
tasted: November 6, 2010 , Robert Shaffer
tasted: January 28, 2013 , Christy Gumberg
tasted: November 18, 2013 , Shawn Wallace
99 points "as close to perfect as you can get." Best 2013-2030
rated: May 22, 2007 , Frederic Drouin
100 points Best -2025
rated: August 16, 2007 , K Chan
Best 2009-2038
rated: November 8, 2007 , Conal Henry
"The Wine Advocate It is always a treat to taste Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds’ Grange cuvee (the word Hermitage has been dropped because of legal issues). The 2001 Grange is one of the few vintages of this cuvee to be composed of 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, and 2000). Aged 17 months in 100% American oak, and tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, the 2001 is undeniably one of the top examples of this wine. At this stage, it appears to eclipse the 1998 and 1996. Inky/blue/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, graphite, and earth, it boasts good acidity, huge tannins, magnificent concentration, and a multilayered, textured mouthfeel. It is a big, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz that should shed some of its structure and tannin over the next 4-5 years, and be at its best between 2010-2030+. Score: 98. —Robert Parker, October 2006. "