The Grange 2010 is a sought after wine thanks to its personality. This "sensorial kaleidoscope", according toe the words of Peter Gago (Penfolds' Chief winemaker) boasts an amazing balance and the charm of an exuberant fruitiness. The nose is intense on notes of peat, iodine and green olives, gradually giving way to a more spicy style with scents of paprika then aromatic herbs such as thyme and origan. In the end notes of cocoa powder appear. On the palate, it offers a good liveliness, density with a wide texture confirming the weight of the vintage. The tannins, of a beautiful class, hint aromas of crushed blackberry through retro-olfaction, as well as dark chocolate, mocha, stewed plum and blueberry. Penfolds has vinificated a rich, complete and serious wine that will need to be waited for patiently. The advised peak is between 2018 and 2060.
Parker : 99 / 100
J. Robinson : 18.5++ / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in color, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced - replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. If I have any very slight complaint of this near perfect wine it is that it seems a little too clinical and appears to speak less of the land and the heart of South Australia and more of the very skilled winemaking than did the Grange from the magical 2008 vintage.