*Penfolds - Icon & Luxury Range
Exceptional - by Langton's Classification Australian Wine
Robert Parker 92
Jeremy Oliver 94
James Halliday 95
Wine Spectator 94
Colour : Impenetrable deep red/purple.
Nose : Blackberry and blueberry fruit interwoven with perfectly tuned, malty, savoury oak, with liquorice and anise notes hovering above. Upon sitting there is a whirling aromatic shift, the wine becoming more complex, deeper, richer and darker.
Palate : Layers of fruit, with blackberry and blueberry to the fore, as suggested by the nose. An underlying tarriness and new oak are seamlessly absorbed. A mass of fine grained tannins court a firm tight finish of great length. The wine possesses the essential.
-by Official Website
The 1999 Grange does not come close to such great Granges as the 1998, 1996, 1991, and 1990. Dense ruby/purple to the edge, with a bouquet of blackberries, mulberries, and floral-like aromas, and medium to full body, the 1999 has an acid punch, but also tremendous layers of fruit and extract. Not massive, but elegant and nicely layered, it requires another 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 12-15 years.
-by Robert Parker
Superbly elegant and harmonious wine, with a deep red ruby hue. Perfumed with violets and raspberries, cassis and redcurrants, it is lifted by hints of briar and blueberries, plus some assertive, but integrated vanilla/coconut oak. Smooth and silky, a beautifully complete and controlled wine of fineness and tightness; whose pristine small black and red berry fruit and integration present this refined vintage at its absolute best. Drink 2019-2029+.
-by Jeremy Oliver
Concentrated blackberry and licorice fruit, the oak perfectly integrated. A powerful, masculine style, a touch more austere than the '98.
-by James Halliday
Not quite as broad and generous as riper vintages, but tremendously classy, offering smoky, earthy blackberry, plum and currant fruit that compete effectively against cedary oak on the long finish. The flavors gain with each sip, fanning out impressively. It's tight now, but it could age beautifully. Best after 2009. 8,000 cases made.
-by Wine Spectator