Freshness and balance are welcomed, yet confuse... a few sips remind of the oft-used reference 'iron fist in a velvet glove'. All is not as it seems! Firm throughout and across palate - reverent tannins and oak convey & propel flavours of slow-roasted lamb (avec jus), dark chocolate, cola, maraschino, with a menthol/rosemary lift to finish. Alluringly, a plush satin/cashmere mouthfeel compounds the initial confusion -accessible, yet poised to evolve and complex over many decades.
Penfolds Grange displays fully-ripe and intensely-flavoured Shiraz and some Cabernet grapes in combination with newAmerican oak. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as one of the most consistent of the world's great wines. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy.
99 Points - Tyson Stelzer 06 takes the energy and vitality of 02 and the opulence and stamina of 04 and finds a middle ground, in a ravishing state of contentedness. This is Barossa shiraz, sufficient to be labelled as such, with tiny quantities of Coonawarra and Magill and just 2% cabernet. Intricately tweaked pressings make the style more approachable, but seemingly none of its legendary longevity has been sacrificed. A marvel of flavour engineering, throbbing with satsuma plum skin, black pastilles, liquorice, coal, black olives, iodine and exotic spice. Immense, nutty oak lurks behind the fruit at every moment like a dark shadow. Seamless, impeccably refined tannins rise like a tsunami. Controlled, focused and honed; another heroic Grange has ascended to the lineage of legends.
98 Points - Nick StockHoly cow Batman - this is one hell of a wine! Liquorice, plums, coffee, blackberries, tar and assertive new oak - will need a lot of time to open. A show-stopper!
98 Points - Robert ParkerMade from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, it's still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+.