Good depth to the colour; seamless blackberry fruit and vanilla/cedar oak; abundant power and concentration; sultry blackberry, dark chocolate and spice; persistent but balanced tannins. Exceptional outcome for an ordinary vintage; obviously strict selection criteria used. Stained cork broke on extraction.
Penfolds' renowned 2000 Grange is only the fifth vintage to be made from 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, and 1999). It is also, atypically, 100% Barossa fruit. While it is not considered to be one of the great Granges, the 2000 exhibits outstanding potential, and is much more accessible than usual. One of the top wines I tasted from this vintage (which has had to take a back seat to subsequent years), its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet nose of blackberries, cherries, chocolate, and earth. With decent acidity, ripe, silky tannin, superb intensity, wonderful equilibrium, and a more open-knit, softer, accessible style than usual, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15-16 years. While this is no wimpy wine, it is an ideal example for readers who are unwilling to invest the patience required for the big, blockbuster Granges. (RP)
Penfolds pulled off a meaty vintage of Grange in 2000: 100 percent Shiraz from Barossa Valley. The year was marked by an extremely hot, dry spell from January until March, and the resulting wine is so dense with extract that the stony tannin doesn't mitigate the thickness until tasted again a day later. By then, air has brought up the exotic spice of the tannin, and given a mineral lift to the dark, resinous fruit. This will need years to sort itself out, but it looks to be a sleek vintage of Grange when it does, probably by 2010 or '12.
The nose offers date and cassis notes, while the palate deals more cassis, plus raspberry, earth and oak as it opens. Its flavors are juicy, and its tannins, delicate and textured (one reviewer actually likened it to a Rhône wine). Not as full, powerful or overwhelming as the wine can be, but enjoyable nonetheless.
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