THE AUSTRALIAN REPORT in the WINE ADVOCATE was released March 1st, with the exciting inclusion of 2008 PENFOLDS GRANGE SHIRAZ, which scored a perfect 100 POINTS, by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW.
PENFOLDS has been producing remarkable wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of PENFOLDS GRANGE in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of standout wines both white and red have been released under the Penfolds masthead.
PENFOLDS GRANGE SHIRAZ has a long history of excellence since its inception by creator, MAX SCHUBERT in 1951 (experimental vintage). Originally criticized by wine experts at the time, PENFOLDS GRANGE gained acceptance when the 1955 was awarded Gold Medals at International and local wine competitions. Unlike any wine of its time, it changed the face of the Australian wine industry and went on to become a National Trust heritage-listed wine.
PENFOLDS owned or managed the early ripening Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from precious older, lower-yielding, self-regulating vines. Rigorous harvesting and meticulous classification resulted in a swag of pristine fruit from Penfolds prime vineyards in the BAROSSA, MCLAREN VALE and COONAWARRA. The deep colors, superb aromatics and dense ripe tannins all point to a classic Penfolds vintage. Continue reading