Three variations on perfection. Three recent vintages of Grange have won the ultimate accolade - 100 points - a perfect score - each from a different critic. This offer presents you with a once-only opportunity to acquire one bottle of each wine in a three-pack.
Penfolds Grange was at the head of Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine at the beginning, in 1990, and retains its status to this day. Grange is universally recognised as Australia’s greatest Shiraz, indeed, Australia’s greatest wine, period.
This Penfolds Grange 100 points pack includes one bottle each of…
Penfolds Grange 2010
100 points, Tyson Stelzer, tysonstelzer.com
Penfolds Grange 2012
100 points, Andrew Caillard MW.
Penfolds Grange 2013 100 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate.
"Magnificently voluptuous, yet elegantly coiled and bright. Silky and irresistible, yet untouchable and enduring… Penfolds Grange 2010 is definitively on a plane of its own: the greatest young Australian wine I have ever tasted."
100 points, Tyson Stelzer
"Plush in scale yet possessing lovely energy and structure… A transcendent and powerfully expressive Grange harking back to Max Schubert's original blueprint… has to be in the pantheon of all-time great vintages."
100 points, Andrew Caillard MW
"Unfurling and slowly building… with wonderful grace and depth… reveals an incredible array of ripe black fruit, spice, meat and earth-inspired flavours… culminating in that ultimate Grange experience. Oh, yes."
100 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted.
Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns.
The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys), Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra and the Riverland. Vineyard expansion has also extended to Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Bordertown, Robe, Southern Fleurieu and the Flinders Ranges.
It is a tradition for many wine companies to make multi-district blends from South Australian fruit – the idea of house style taking precedence over regional definition. Penfolds pioneered this concept. The vagaries of vintage variation can be evened out by fruit selection, ensuring quality at a high level. However there is debate that this concept comes at the expense of the ‘soul’ of the wine. Penfolds Grange is probably the most famous multi-district blend and is an excellent counter-argument.Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's