The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 94 Points
“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. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2022.” Tasted October 2002.

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 96 Points
“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. It’s hard to suggest this will be regarded as a great Grange in 20 years or so, but it is nonetheless in the mainstream of Grange style.”