2013 Grange, Penfolds, South Australia

The 2013 Grange is 96% Shiraz with 4% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, and is already being compared to the 2010 and 2012. It’s powerful and inky, with fine-grained yet considerable tannins. There’s a coolness to the fruit, with hints of balsamic and soy coming through on the long, lifted finish. Stunning, yet again.

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  • Region & country
    South Australia, Australia
  • Grape
    96% Shiraz/Syrah
    4% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2055
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2013 Grange, Penfolds, South Australia


Remember that old Heinz Ketchup “anticipation” ad from the 1970s? The palate of this 2013 Grange does just that. It makes you wait with so much delicious promise being drip fed into the mouth at first—and then it bursts forth and delivers! This vintage is a blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, coming from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Magill Estate. Very deep inky purple-black colored, the 2013 Grange has a profoundly scented nose of crème de cassis, preserved black plums, blueberry pie and licorice over nuances of baker’s chocolate, smoky bacon and fragrant earth, plus exotic spice wafts of cumin seed, cardamom, fenugreek and star anise. Unfurling and slowly building in the medium to full-bodied mouth with wonderful grace and depth, it reveals an incredible array of ripe black fruit, spice, meat and earth-inspired flavors, with a rock-solid frame to support this beauty (it should easily cellar for 40+ years!), while previously latent flavors emerge fully on the epically long finish, culminating in that ultimate Grange experience. Oh, yes.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (October 2017)

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