Wednesday, November 23, 2005



The Penfolds label has a proud and innovative history as Australia’s foremost wine label. The story begins with Christopher Rawson Penfold. The young doctor and adventurer left his England home to travel to the far of continent of Australia where he settled with his family. In 1844 Penfold brought the Magill estate in South Australia. Penfold like many other doctors believed in the use of wine for medicinal purposes. The family developed their winemaking business over the next 30 years until Doctors Penfolds death in 1870. After which his wife Mary took over the business and established Penfolds as a household name.

The estate and the winemaking business remained in the Penfold family and they continued to produce wine throughout the 1900’s. During the early 1900s they produced manly ports and cherries but this changed in the early 50’s and the renowned Grange was born. In 1962 the company was turned over to a public owner but the proud tradition of Penfolds continued in the winemaking.

Penfolds Grange 2000

This vintage is warm on the nose with rich layered smoky aromas deepening into black pepper and tabacco notes with a touch of spice and licorice. This wine possesses a dark full flavor on the palate with warm chocolate and plum fruits dominating.

Penfolds Grange 1999

This vintage possesses a dark deep purple tone with a complex layered nose. Black berry and blue berry notes are melded with oak, malt, licorice and anise. The palate reveals a deepening of the nose with blue and black berry flavors and a hint of new oak to finish.

Penfolds Grange 1998

The 1998 vintage has a warm intense coloring with a ripe plum note layered over chocolate and licorice tones. This wine has a nutty toasty oak finish to the aroma with a melding of fruit flavors on the palate. Black berry, raspberry and black currant soften with chocolate and licorice. A light dusting of oak leaves a long lasting impression.

Penfolds Grange 1997

Classic notes of oak mingle delicately with soft ripe blue berry and black currant to deliver the aroma of this ruby wine. Layers of nutmeg and ginger cascade across the senses with a chestnut finish. The flavors burst onto the palate with black berry and dark plum fruits melding with fig and licorice. This wine is finished with a spicy undertone.

Penfolds Grange 1996

This vintage has a warm vibrant tone with the essences of cinnamon, mixed spices, black current and blueberry. An infusion of earthy notes, roast chestnuts and cold tea finish the aroma. A blueberry core melds with the dark ripe fruit flavors. This wine has a long and elegant finish with a hint of oak lingering on the palate.

Penfolds Grange 1995

Deep plum red tone and a layering of warm aromas define this bottle. Notes of plum, blackberry and raspberry are layered upon new leather, dark chocolate and spice. The flavors converge on the palate with classic black fruit, full-bodied chewy tannins and delightful oak all mingling delicately. This bottle is finished with a dusting of spice.

Penfolds Grange 1994

This year’s bottle is a rich concentrated blend with notes of green tea and truffle layered with leather, prune and stewed blueberries. A hint of oak and cedar complete the savory notes. On the palate the flavors deepen into intense fruit and oak and are complemented by chocolate, coffee, licorice and cedar. A long heavy finish with a warmth and complexity.

Penfolds Grange 1993

This vintage has a deep red brick tone with the contrasting aromas of fig, malt and licorice. The aromas melt onto the palate with full fruit and classic oak preceding a delicate coating of deep plum, black olive licorice and chocolate cedar and coffee. This is a bold and forceful vintage with a high intensity fruit concentration.

Penfolds Grange 1992

This wine has a deep vibrant crimson tone with a warm complement of black fruits and currant, tabacco, roasted nuts and ripe berries. The palate reveals a sweet ripened flavor and a rich texture that meld together the spice, earth and fruit flavors.

Penfolds Grange 1991

This is a rich wine with an intense bouquet of ripe berry, spice, tabacco, mocha and green tea. A warm oak fragrance deepens on the palate. A full flavored berry texture with a spice and earth quality defines this Penfolds special.

Penfolds Grange 1990

This is a beautiful intense wine with a heavy ripe berry aroma melding with smoky undertones. A complex drop with the full fruit flavors of a Penfolds special, the coffee layers and the oak finish.