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Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 1996

Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 1996

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Penfolds has been a pioneer in the world of winemaking since its establishment in 1844 by Dr. Christopher and Mary Penfold. The company's success has been driven by a lineage of visionary winemakers who have pushed the development of the company to extraordinary, bold new heights. Mary Penfold's reign at the helm of Penfolds saw years of determination and endeavour, experimenting with new methods in wine production. In 1948, Max Schubert became the company's first Chief Winemaker and he propelled Penfolds onto the global stage with his experimentation of long-lasting wines - the creation of Penfolds Grange in the 1950s. Soon, the medals began flowing, and Grange quickly became one of the most revered wines around the world. In 2012, Penfolds released its most innovative project to date - 12 handcrafted ampoules of the rare 2004 Kalimna Block Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Penfolds continues to hold dear the philosophies and legends that have driven the company's success since its establishment in 1844.

Penfold's Grange is Australia's most revered wine, and its creation represents a distillation of Max Schubert's ambition for Australian wine. Schubert joined Penfolds as a messenger boy in 1931 and by 1948, he became Penfolds' first Chief Winemaker. In the latter part of 1950, Schubert was sent to Europe to investigate winemaking practices in Spain and Portugal. On a side trip to Bordeaux, Schubert was inspired and impressed by the French cellared-style wines and dreamed of making 'something different and lasting' of his own. Combining traditional Australian techniques, inspiration from Europe and precision winemaking practices developed at Penfolds, Schubert made his first experimental wine in 1951. In 1957, Schubert was asked to show his efforts in Sydney to top management, invited wine identities and personal friends of the board. To his horror, the Grange experiment was universally disliked and Schubert was ordered to shut down the project. Max continued to craft his Grange vintages in secret, hiding three vintages '57, '58 and '59, in the depths of the cellars. Eventually, the Penfolds board ordered production of Grange to restart, just in time for the 1960 vintage. From then on, international acknowledgment and awards were bestowed on Grange, including the 1990 vintage of Grange, which was named Wine Spectator's Red Wine of the Year in 1995. Today, Grange's reputation as one of the world's most celebrated wines continues to grow. On its 50th birthday in 2001, Grange was listed as a South Australian heritage icon, while the 2008 Grange vintage achieved a perfect score of 100 points by two of the world's most influential wine magazines. With every new generation of Penfolds winemakers, Max Schubert's remarkable vision is nurtured and strengthened.

The Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 1996 is a deep crimson-colored wine that is beautifully balanced and seductive. This wine is a true testament to the reputation of Australia's most famous wine, known for its superb fruit complexity and flavor richness. The wine is exquisitely perfumed and concentrated, combining the intensely rich fruit and ripe tannins of Shiraz with the fragrance and complementary nuances of new, fine-grained American oak. In some years, a portion of Cabernet Sauvignon is added to enhance the aromatics and palate structure. On the nose, this wine offers crimson plum, blackcurrant, blueberry, dark chocolate and aniseed aromas, with well-integrated savory new oak. The supple and generously flavored palate is deep-set with plum, dark chocolate and liquorice fruit, grilled nut, malty oak and supple fine-grained tannins. This is a substantial Grange with power, complexity and finesse, making it a complete Grange. The Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 1996 is a wine with deep-set fruit flavors and aromas, combined with its supple tannins and well-integrated savory oak, perfect pairing for a variety of dishes or a delightful experience on its own.

Perfectly profound Grange. As bouncingly youthful as can be imagined – though remarkably approachable too. Gorgeous plum-fruit depth, choc-and-vanilla richness, sumptuous depth and length and a terrific pull of tight, ploughing, statuesque tannins. Impeccable South Australian shiraz. - Campbell Mattison, The Wine Front, 97 Points

The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal -  Shiraz 94%, Cabernet Sauvignon 6%
Country - Australia
Region - Barossa Valley, South Australia
Vintage - 1996
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 14.2%
Closure - Cork
Cellaring Potential - To 2050

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