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Wednesday 23 April 2014

2008 Penfolds Grange gains 100 points

5th March, 2013 by Rupert Millar

The 2008 Penfolds Grange has secured 100-points from The Wine Advocate critic Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, the first since 1976.

The Wine Advocate's new editor-in-chief Lisa Perroti-Brown MW

The Wine Advocate’s new editor-in-chief Lisa Perroti-Brown MW

The points were awarded in the latest issue of TWA, #205. Perrotti-Brown (pictured) said: “Deep purple-black in colour, 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.

“It is 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. Drink it from 2018 to 2035+.”

Also rated in the magazine were various wines from the Penfolds stable, many of which gained 90+ scores, including the 2010 Yattarna Chardonnay (95), 2009 St Henri (93+) and the 2012 Bin 51 Riesling (91).

The scores were released at the same time as Robert Parker’s in-bottle rating of the 2010 Bordeaux vintage.

With reports that Australian wine is “flying” in Asia, and with TWA‘s new Singaporean stakeholders, it would be no surprise to see Penfolds’ reputation in the region boosted still further by these scores.

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