Penfolds Grange "Bin 95" 1997 ~ South Australia
95/100 - Falstaff Magazin
93/100 - Wine & Spirits Magazine
92/100 - Wine Spectator
94/100 - James Halliday
90/100 - Wine Enthusiast
95/100 - Jeremy Oliver
93/100 - Stephen Tanzer
Robert Parker ~ “The 1997 Grange (a blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) looks to be a classic Grange, although slightly softer and more forward than the backward 1996. The saturated purple-colored 1997 offers a gorgeously sweet nose of blackberry liqueur, cherries, camphor, chocolate, plums, and mocha. The wine is opulently-textured, extremely soft, layered, and seductive, with Grange's tell-tale personality well-displayed, but in a seamless, seductive style. This is a superb Grange that can hold its own against the more heralded 1996. Drink 2005-2022.”
James Halliday ~ “Medium to full red, with just a touch of purple remaining; powerful, complex dark fruits, chocolate and savoury lemon/vanilla oak on the bouquet, then a similarly powerful palate where earth and chocolate join the chorus of flavours promised by the bouquet; persistent tannins, of course.”
Jancis Robinson - "Medium to full red, with just a touch of purple remaining; powerful, complex dark fruits, chocolate and savoury lemon/vanilla oak on the bouquet, then a similarly powerful palate where earth and chocolate join the chorus of flavours promised by the bouquet; persistent tannins, of course."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - "Deep, dark ruby-red. Heady, superripe aromas of black plum, blackcurrant, blueberry and treacle, richly endowed with dark chocolate, vanilla and creamy oak; hints of mint and eucalyptus in the background. Silky-smooth, rich and creamy; remarkably approachable given its relative youth. Dripping with ripe black fruits and wrapped in firm but velvety tannins. (JO)"
The 1997 vintage is made predominantly from Shiraz (96%) with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (4%) added.
Penfolds Grange is widely considered one of Australia's "first growth" and its most collectable wine. Unlike most expensive cult wines from the Old World which are from single vineyards or small plots within vineyards, Grange is made from grapes harvested over a wide area. The precise composition of the wine changes from year to year; it is the expertise of the winemakers which purchasers value, rather than the qualities of the specific places where the grapes are grown, or the particular vines. The quantity of Penfolds Grange produced also varies from year to year, with 1,800 bottles of the original 1951 vintage produced.