1997 Grange, Penfolds
It's difficult to avoid the word 'icon' at the very mention of such a wine as this piece of Australian winemaking history. However, Grange is undoubtedly that, and has been for many decades. And with over two of those decades now behind the glorious '97 vintage, here's a bottle that is now more ready than ever to be discovered.
"The 1997 Grange (a blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) looks to be a classic Grange, although slightly softer and more forward than the backward 1996. The saturated purple-colored 1997 offers a gorgeously sweet nose of blackberry liqueur, cherries, camphor, chocolate, plums, and mocha. The wine is opulently-textured, extremely soft, layered, and seductive, with Grange's tell-tale personality well-displayed, but in a seamless, seductive style. This is a superb Grange that can hold its own against the more heralded 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2022." 94 points, The Wine Advocate.
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