The recently released 2008 Grange Shiraz regarded as one of Penfolds greatest wines ever has caused controversy when the wholesale price of the wine was revised upwards after great reviews including a perfect 100 points by Robert Parkers influential US wine review publication ‘Wine Advocate’.
Penfolds global brand business director Sandy Mayo said demand was outstripping supply and it received “unprecedented” pre-release interest in the wine after the good reviews.
There was an interesting article ‘Grange gets thumbs down from Perth’ in the Australian Financial Review on 3 Apr 2013 which you may view by clicking on the following link
As well as the price wine writers are questioning one another’s palates and scores like never before after some of the elite wine writers have given the wine high or perfect scores. The feeling by some writers is that Penfolds has a media tasting mainly designed for those happy to go along for the ride and provide cheap PR.
Irrespective of the controversy it would be widely agreed that this is clearly one of the greatest Australian wines to date. With correct storage this wine makes an excellent choice for long term cellaring with suggested drinking between the years 2018 to 2035+.
The Wine Advocate had the following to say about the 2008 Grange.
The 2008 Grange puts forward a very complex nose packed with aromas of mulberries, layers of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon with nuances of minced meat, anise, potpourri and whiffs of dried mint and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, taut and very spicy in the mouth, it shows touches of sandalwood and Chinese five spice complementing the layers of dark fruit flavours. Framed by firm, grainy tannins and a refreshing acid line before finishing very long with aniseed and lingering blackberry preserves notes, this is clearly a wonderfully opulent and a magic vintage for this label.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Score: 98 points
Tyson Stelzer, tysonstelzer.com