Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 2001

Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 2001

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Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Varieties: Shiraz (99%), Cabernet Sauvignon (1%)

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Producer: Penfolds

Country: Australia

Region: Barossa Valley

Vintage: 2001

Critic Score: 98

Alcohol: 14.5 %

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2040

This is one of the greats, there's no doubt - Nick Stock

James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2006 

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.

"This is one good-looking baby. There's supercharged concentration of flavour, all densely packed, chewy and robust, with essence-like tarry plum and blackberry fruits, lots of dark chocolate, meaty and intense. Flavour and tannin are crammed into the middle palate and there's a savoury moment as tannins become stern and dry. This is one of the greats, there's no doubt."  Nick Stock

The 2001 Penfolds Grange is a blend of 99% shiraz and 1% cabernet sauvignon from premium vineyards in the Barossa Valley (including the Kalimna vineyard). The wine was matured for 20 months in American oak hogsheads (100% new).

"Deep, dark and dense, retaining bright purple hues. Nose: The nose is immediately Grange, revealing barrel ferment complexities soaked in dark berried fruits. Vibrant, youthful and lifted, a mix of tightly packed liquorice, freshly tanned leather and dark spices create a poised, controlled and distinctive wine. Palate: A rich, full-flavoured and concentrated wine with complex rum/raisin dark chocolate, liquorice, quince paste and dried fruit notes. Prominent, well integrated tannins align with oak (all but soaked up by the fruits) to create a lingering continuum of flavour."  Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief Winemaker

"Deep crimson. Intense and complex blackberry, charcuterie, redcurrant and red cherry aromas with chinotto, cola, mint and sage notes. Generously proportioned with redcurrant, red cherry and cola flavours, fine vigorous leafy bittersweet tannins, mocha oak complexity and pronounced acidity. Finishes muscular firm but long and sweet. A hefty Grange with strong firm/sappy tannins. Drinking well, but will improve with time. Peak drinking now to 2050.

Vintage Conditions: Good winter rains and soil moisture levels led to a very good early growing season. Growth was vigorous and flowering was successful however the onset of exceptional heat in January depleted soil moisture, and vineyards without water suffered. Rain in mid-March provided relief and vineyards produced shiraz with excellent, ripe fruit flavours."  Penfolds

Expert reviews

"It is always a treat to taste Australia's most famous wine, Penfolds' Grange cuvee (the word Hermitage has been dropped because of legal issues). The 2001 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+."  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - 98+ points

"Deep fruitcake ferrous smelling; classic Grange. But as well as raisin there's fresher, juicier stuff, and cedariness. A hint of mint too. Typically thunderess in the mouth: big extract, big tannin, and big,sweet raisin fruitcake flavours. Back on song."  Tim White, Australian Financial Review - 97(98) points

"A strong return to form for the big 'G' and a wine that makes a good case for the 2001 vintage – an excellent year I have seen overlooked by many in favour of the cool 2002 that followed. As soon as the cork is pulled on this beast of a wine, the scent of berries and cola waft from the bottle and fill the room, suggesting something genie-like is about to emerge. The wine smells of rich dark berry fruits, tar and smoke, liquorice, anise and ripe dark plums. Strong on cola aromas, the air brings out an earthy side and fruit-steeped oak. This is one good-looking baby. There's supercharged concentration of flavour, all densely packed, chewy and robust, with essence-like tarry plum and blackberry fruits, lots of dark chocolate, meaty and intense. Flavour and tannin are crammed into the middle palate and there's a savoury moment as tannins become stern and dry. This is one of the greats, there's no doubt."  Nick Stock, The Adelaide Review – 96 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. Please move to screwcaps; this wine would live forever. 14.5º alc. Drink Now - 2030."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 96 points and Top 100 Wines of 2006 

"Lush and youthful and banged up with flavour – as a Grange should be. Forget the 2000, it was a momentary blip – this is a Grange in very good form. Fresh, young, opulent, perhaps a little lighter in tannin than is customary – though it builds considerably as the wine opens up – essency black (100%) Barossan fruit with a crunch of blueberries squeezing over the finish. Plus, of course, liberal oak – though it's integrating fast. A big soft cuddly Grange. It'll drink young and old. Drink: 2008-2020."  Campbell Mattinson, Winefront Monthly - 95 points

"A very fragrant, richly structured and flavoursome Grange whose deep, heady and smoky aromas of blackberry confiture, dark chocolate, violets and treacle reveal faint undertones of bitumen. Richly ripened and sumptuous, it gradually reveals its layers of deep, dark plums, cranberries and blackberries, steadily building in structure and intensity down the palate. Supported by drying, powdery tannins and first-rate oak, it's a surprisingly good wine from a tough vintage, with just a hint of stewed fruit, and finishing with a lingering core of licorice-like flavour. Drink 2021-2031."  Jeremy Oliver - 95 points

"Inky violet with a bright rim. Explosive and utterly captivating on the nose, offering a range of aromas that encompasses red and darker berries, flowers, cigar box, minerals and sexy oak spices. Quite broad on the palate, and packing a real punch to its flavors of cassis, boysenberry, candied plum, bitter chocolate and fruitcake. Serious, harmonious tannins give plenty of structural support. This expands and grows even sweeter with aeration, finishing with outstanding persistence. Oak spices add sex appeal. A superb Grange." Josh Raynolds, Vinous - 94 points

"A return to form for this iconic Australian wine, after an unimpressive 2000. The '01 has that gorgeously dense spicy blackberry fruit that marks the best Granges and as usual sweet vanillan oak plays a major part. The profound, powerful palate is seamless, with great length and ripe, fine tannins in great harmony, even in youth. Ageing? Yes, two to twenty years plus."  Ralph Kyte-Powell, Epicure Uncorked  ***** 


James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2006 

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.