2010 Penfolds Grange Bin 95

Year: 2010
Appellation: Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Magill
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 98
Wine Advocate: 99
James Suckling: 100
Jeremy Oliver: 98
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$499.95
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"Focused, elegant, powerful and layered, with plum, currant, floral, spice and coffee flavors that come together seamlessly and persist on the long and complex finish. Has presence and deftness in equal measure, exhibiting well-integrated tannins. Best from 2018 through 2030. 371 cases imported. –HS" (WS)

"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." (WA)

"The 2010 Grange arrives with much expectation and does not disappoint. This is a powerhouse, structurally superior to both the 2009 and 2008 vintages and breathtakingly dense, long and precise. The nose has cola, blackberry, vanillin, hard brown spices of all kinds, coal smoke, meaty charcuterie elements and a strong tarry, savory note that speaks of the 85% Barossa Valley componentry. The palate has super deep tannins that fan out through flavorsome black fruits. These are purposeful tannins; they bristle on the palate, tantalizing and assertive yet playful, strong not aggressive. The power here is the thing; this has mouth-coating density and terrific drive, so tightly coiled, it gives enough away to suggest a very, very long cellaring wine is here. This is a classic Grange that will please the serious collectors. A wine of genuine pedigree. Better in 2026." (JS)

"Supremely well made and uber-refined, this is a classic Grange of density, balance and elegance. It’s wonderfully vital and pure, with a deeply ripened bouquet of blackberries, dark plums and cassis that soaks up its sweet cedar/chocolate/vanilla oak, becoming more fiery and briary with aeration. It steadily reveals nuances of exotic spices, floral perfume and a hint of meatiness. Long and luxuriant, with deep tightly knit and handsomely oaked layers of sour-edged dark plum and berry flavour, it’s supported by a fine chalkiness, finishes with a brightly lit acidity and is already alarmingly drinkable for a wine whose best years are several decades away." (JO)

Winery Notes:
Captivating/tempting/alluring – yet another subtle variation on the theme/expression of this thing called Grange. Voluptuous and generous, yet poised and harmonious. Assured, and not attempting to overstate its weight/extract/presence. Immediately apparent flavours of chocolate, mocha, cola and juicy plum entwine and converge toward the panforte impression aromatically sensed earlier. Tight and defined, with excellent grip – savoury/tannic. These tannins are both integrated and balanced, colluding with 100% new oak that is all but completely absorbed.