Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 1999 (1500ml)

Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 1999 (1500ml)

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Barossa, Magill Estate, McLaren Vale & Others, South Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Shiraz

Closure: Cork

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Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 1999 (1500ml)

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Producer: Penfolds

Country: Australia

Region: Multi Regional SA

Vintage: 1999

Critic Score: 100

Alcohol: 14.5 %

Size: 1500 ml

Drink by: 2065

This is a fabulous, to-die-for Grange, the perfect follow-up to the extraordinary 1998 - Campbell Mattinson

Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating
James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2004

Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz is Australia's most famous wine with a reputation for superb fruit complexity and flavour richness. It is the most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. One of the world's great wines.

"It is an astonishingly lovely wine. The palate is deeply concentrated with curtains of plum apricot fruit, fine supple tannins, beautifully integrated malty oak and superb flavour length. It is certainly a most seductive wine with plenty of cellaring potential. This is certainly great Grange." Andrew Caillard MW

The 1999 Penfolds Grange is 100% shiraz (for only the fourth time after 1951, 1952 and 1963) from premium vineyards in the Barossa Valley (including the Kalimna vineyard), Magill Estate, McLaren Vale and Padthaway. The wine was matured for 17 months in American oak hogsheads (100% new).

"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."  Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief Winemaker

"Deep crimson. Lifted black cherry, blackberry and black olive aromas with grilled nut, mocha spice and oak notes. Well-concentrated blackberry, dark cherry, mulberry, black olive, liquorice flavours, vigorous dense chalky tannins, lovely mid-palate viscosity and underlying grilled nut, mocha, vanilla, marzipan oak complexity. Finishes chocolaty firm with plentiful sweet fruit. A substantial Grange – beautifully framed by strong persistent tannins. Will it overhaul the 1998 in 20 years' time? Drinking well, but will improve with time. Peak drinking now to 2065.

Vintage Conditions: The 1999 vintage in South Australia was defined by generally dry and cool weather conditions during early summer, temporarily disrupted by a hot spell in late January before moderate conditions during vintage. Multi-regional sourcing and strong vineyard management resulted in parcels of fruit being harvested with hallmark fruit richness and ripe tannins."  Penfolds

Expert reviews

"Deep crimson. Lifted black cherry, blackberry and black olive aromas with grilled nut, mocha spice and oak notes. Well-concentrated blackberry, dark cherry, mulberry, black olive, liquorice flavours, vigorous dense chalky tannins, lovely mid-palate viscosity and underlying grilled nut, mocha, vanilla, marzipan oak complexity. Finishes chocolaty firm with plentiful sweet fruit. A substantial Grange – beautifully framed by strong persistent tannins. Will it overhaul the 1998 in 20 years' time?"  Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating

"The forthcoming release of 1999 Penfolds Grange will no doubt create plenty of media and consumer interest. I am often asked about Grange vintages. It is a wine which I know extremely well. My involvement in the Penfolds Red Wine Clinics and various tastings over the years including three editions of the Penfolds Rewards of Patience. Inevitably - like the 1962 versus 1963 and 1990 versus the 1991 - the 1999 Penfolds Grange will lie in the shadow of the much hyped but beautifully made 1998 vintage. While I admired the 1998 greatly at the recent Rewards of Patience tasting I preferred the 1999 vintage (by a whisker). Indeed it is an astonishingly lovely wine with really fragrant plum/prune/tobacco/aniseed aromas, apricot nuances and meaty complexity. The palate is deeply concentrated with curtains of plum apricot fruit, fine supple tannins, beautifully integrated malty oak and superb flavour length. It is certainly a most seductive wine with plenty of cellaring potential. This is certainly great Grange." Andrew Caillard MW – 100 points

"Only the third Grange to be made with 100 per cent shiraz, all the others having had a touch of cabernet sauvignon. It has also emerged from the shadow of the 1998, as its initial touch of masculine austerity has (appropriately) softened, revealing its lovely amalgam of black fruits, warm spice and gentle vanillan oak. The tannins are not aggressive, but will help the long life ahead. Drink: 2009-2034."  James Halliday, The Weekend Australian - 96 points and Top 100 Wines of 2004

"Superbly elegant, reserved and harmonious shiraz, reflecting the intensity and brightness of the pristine small berry flavours so typical of the 1999 South Australian vintage. A briary perfume of violets, raspberries, blueberries, dark plums and cassis is sympathetically matched by assertive nuances of vanilla and chocolate oak aromas. Silky-smooth, beautifully controlled and refined, its long and willowy palate reveals intense and translucent small berry flavours superbly integrated with oak and satiny tannins. A profound change in style from the 1998 release that reflects the very best of its vintage. Drink 2019-2029+."  Jeremy Oliver – 96 points

"The first Grange since 1963 to be 100 percent shiraz – and doesn't it show it in all its glory. This is a fabulous, to-die-for Grange, the perfect follow-up to the extraordinary 1998. Full of luscious, elevated, malty oak and crawling with deliciously spiced, leather-like, licorice-laden, plum-infused, blackberried fruit, it's gorgeously fine and supple and long, with a magnificent silkiness and a sense of power, balance and finesse almost second to none. Given a good decant it drinks outstandingly well already, but it will live for a very long time. Given that time, this will become a top-shelf Grange, liable to one day rate higher. Drink: Now- 2026.Campbell Mattinson, Winefront Monthly – 96 points

"Big and hugely dense wine with attractive spice, licorice, tar, fruit cake etc etc. A big and powerful wine that promises much. Long." Bob Campbell MW - 96 points

"Only the third Grange to be produced from 100% Shiraz, the 1999 Grange is superb. It boasts an inky purple color as well as unformed but gorgeously sweet notes of blackberries intermixed with smoke, licorice, and roasted meats. A wine of great intensity, sweet tannin, voluptuous texture, and a spectacularly long finish, it will be at its finest between 2007-2025."  Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 94/96 points

"Vanilla, chocolate, oak is still showing. Later: classic aniseed, licorice and floral blackberry superripe aromas of the year. Deep, dense, tannic and yet supple, this is very packed and fleshy, stately and classic Grange style. Black fruits; very deep, profound in fact. Now to 30 years."  Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 95 points


Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating
James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2004

After the success of early sherries and fortified wines, founders Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold planted the vine cuttings they had carried on their voyage over to Australia. In 1844 the fledging vineyard was officially established as the Penfolds wine company at Magill Estate.

As the company grew, so too did Dr Penfold's medical reputation, leaving much of the running of the winery to Mary Penfold. Early forays into Clarets and Rieslings proved increasingly popular, and on Christopher's death in 1870, Mary assumed total responsibility for the winery. Mary's reign at the helm of Penfolds saw years of determination and endeavour.

By the time Mary Penfold retired in 1884 (ceding management to her daughter, Georgina) Penfolds was producing 1/3 of all South Australia's wine. She'd set an agenda that continues today, experimenting with new methods in wine production. By Mary's death in 1896, the Penfolds legacy was well on its way to fruition. By 1907, Penfolds had become South Australia's largest winery.

In 1948, history was made again as Max Schubert became the company's first Chief Winemaker. A loyal company man and true innovator, Schubert would propel Penfolds onto the global stage with his experimentation of long-lasting wines - the creation of Penfolds Grange in the 1950s.

In 1959 (while Schubert was perfecting his Grange experiment in secret), the tradition of 'bin wines' began. The first, a Shiraz wine with the grapes of the company's own Barossa Valley vineyards was simply named after the storage area of the cellars where it is aged. And so Kalimna Bin 28 becomes the first official Penfolds Bin number wine.

In 1960, the Penfolds board instructed Max Schubert to officially re-start production on Grange. His determination and the quality of the aged wine had won them over.

Soon, the medals began flowing and Grange quickly became one of the most revered wines around the world. In 1988 Schubert was named Decanter Magazine's Man of the Year, and on the 50th anniversary of its birth, Penfolds Grange was given a heritage listing in South Australia.

Despite great success, Penfolds never rests on its laurels. In 2012 Penfolds released its most innovative project to date - 12 handcrafted ampoules of the rare 2004 Kalimna Block Cabernet Sauvignon.

Two years later, Penfolds celebrated the 170th anniversary – having just picked up a perfect score of 100 for the 2008 Grange in two of the world's most influential wine magazines. Today, Penfolds continues to hold dear the philosophies and legends – '1844 to evermore!'.

Wine region map of South Australia

South Australia

South Australian is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. It is home to more than 900 wineries across 18 wine regions. The regions are Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Plains, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Currency Creek, Eden Valley, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, Padthaway, Riverland, Robe, Southern Fleurieu, Southern Flinders Ranges and Wrattonbully.

Many of the well-known names in the South Australian wine industry established their first vineyards in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The first vines in McLaren Vale were planted at Reynella in 1839 and Penfold's established Magill Estate on the outskirts of Adelaide in 1844.

South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the State to be able to produce a range of grape varieties - from cool climate Riesling in the Clare and Eden Vallies to the big, full bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Two of Australia's best-known wines, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, are produced here. There is much to discover in South Australia for the wine lover.