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Penfolds Grange Vintage 2003 750ml

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Category: Wines Red
Subcategory: Shiraz
Brand: Penfolds

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VINEYARD REGION Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Magill

VINTAGE CONDITIONS The 2003 vintage was initially warm and dry, becoming milder later in the season. These conditions prompted an early start of harvest with the fruit reaching optimum ripeness evenly. The vintage produced Shiraz with dense colour, impressive varietal characters and soft tannins.

GRAPE VARIETY 97% Shiraz, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

MATURATION This wine was matured for 15 months in new

American oak hogsheads.

WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.50%

Acidity: 6.90g/L

pH: 3.60

LAST TASTED 6.11.2007

PEAK DRINKING 2012 to 2038

FOOD MATCHES Wagyu beef.

 

Winemaker comments by

Peter Gago - PENFOLDS Chief Winemaker

COLOUR Deep red.

NOSE Captivating, complex, complete. Unravelling aromatics unfurl with air - blue fruit notes entwined with barrel ferment and maturation elements; nothing singular, always in tandem. Sweet soy, cola and quince paste high notes escape from an ethereal layer (aniseed, fennel and fresh treacle ginger pudding) wafting above.

PALATE Dark and liqueur chocolate, laced with Moroccan spices. An underlying tar/graphite blackness is lifted by derived fruit/quince pie flavours - a few years earlier they may have been more brashly varietal and elemental. Pronounced tannins sweep across the palate, although they are certainly part of the wine, never obtrusive. Long, layered and compelling, this wine is at the spicier end of the Grange spectrum.

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