Penfolds Grange 2001 (Mint Condition/Tissue Wrapped)

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 98+ points
“The 2001 Penfolds Grange is one of the few vintages of this cuvee to be composed of 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, and 2000). Aged 17 months in 100% American oak, and tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, the 2001 is undeniably one of the top examples of this wine. At this stage, it appears to eclipse the 1998 and 1996. Inky/blue/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, graphite, and earth, it boasts good acidity, huge tannins, magnificent concentration, and a multilayered, textured mouthfeel. It is a big, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz that should shed some of its structure and tannin over the next 4-5 years, and be at its best between 2010-2030+.”

Penfolds Grange 2001
“Black/purple. Blueberry hill nose (the authentic signature, according to Gago, of Barossa Shiraz, and this is 100% Barossa Shiraz, half from the Kalimna vineyard), but much more complex than fruit alone, with an all-enveloping spice and well-integrated wood. Deceptive scale, so effortlessly is it conveyed. Dry but fresh, with a long and harmonious finish that should fill out very well over many years. Hugely promising. Drink 2010-40.” Neil Beckett Rated 18/20.

The Australian Wine Companion 2007 (James Halliday) – Rated 97 Points
“It is extraordinary how this wine has gained power, weight and complexity since first bottled; now majestic black fruits, licorice and chocolate / mocha notes run through the palate. Great tannins sustain and support the back-palate and finish.”