Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 2002

Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 2002

Sale price$995.00
Barossa Valley & McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

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

Closure: Cork

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Producer: Penfolds

Country: Australia

Region: Multi Regional SA

Vintage: 2002

Critic Score: 98

Alcohol: 14.5 %

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2050

A wonderful array of seamless blackberry, licorice and high-quality oak. Destined to become recognised as one of the great Granges - James Halliday

Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating
James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2007

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. 

"A full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and great balance. Thick and rich, with a 60-second finish, it will slowly blossom over the next 15-20 years and provide pleasure through 2050. It is a legend in the making!"  Jay Miller

The 2002 Penfolds Grange is a blend of 99% shiraz and 1% cabernet sauvignon from premium vineyards in the Barossa Valley (Kalimna vineyard) and McLaren Vale. The wine was matured for 15 months in American oak hogsheads (100% new).

"As a five year old at the time of writing, and just before its annual release, the wine is deep, dark and impenetrable. Nose: At once Grange...oh, and the aromatics just happen to be compatible with that of Shiraz. As is its want, the aromas transform and complex across many planes, with air and over time in the glass. At first, a rich mix of dark chocolate infused with coffee bean and black liquorice, then scents of tar, aniseed, raw (pure) soy and black olive. Is it oak, or a hybrid, 'barrel ferment' character that can be captured as it oscillates in and out of this beguiling aromatic offering. Palate: The palate is expansive, and yet finessed, balanced, highly defined, sleek. A continuum, an amalgam of dark berried flavours and textural sensations - deceptively accessible, yet a hidden largesse, untapped flavour and structural precursors threaten to ingress. 100% new oak is completely absorbed, meshed with ripe tannins, completing a palate of impressive length and youthfulness."  Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Expert reviews

"Deep crimson. Fresh dark cherry, blackberry and graphite aromas with dark chocolate, herb garden and chinotto notes with a hint of sage and violet. Inky sweet with supple dark cherry, mulberry, blackberry and praline espresso flavours, fine persistent chalky velvet tannins, roasted meat, chinotto and dried herb notes with attractive mid-palate richness and persistent long slinky al dente finish. Superb fruit complexity and mineral length. Elegance and power."  Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating

"Deep garnet with a touch of brick, the 2002 Grange is locked in a time capsule, like many of the 2002s, yielding a very youthful nose of red currants and red cherries, kirsch and violets with some lovely exotic spices in the background. Quite perfumed and pretty in terms of fruit expression in the mouth, the structure is rock solid, with a lively backbone cutting through the muscular fruit and great purity to the finish. If you're looking for that real "Grange" experience, best to keep cellaring it another 5-10+ years."  Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate  98+ points

"Last but not least is Australia's most famous wine, the 2002 Shiraz 'Grange'. The 2002 version was sourced from 77.5% Barossa Valley and 22.5% from McLaren Vale. Included in the blend is 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent 17 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple, it gives off an ethereal bouquet of violets, saddle leather, blueberry, blackberry, pencil lead, and chocolate. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and great balance. Thick and rich, with a 60-second finish, it will slowly blossom over the next 15-20 years and provide pleasure through 2050. It is a legend in the making! Penfolds, arguably Australia's most famous winery, continues to perform at a high level under the leadership of Head Winemaker, Peter Gago."  Jay Miller, Wine Advocate - 98 points

"Deep, closed and brooding, with perfectly ripened aromas of dark berries, plums and typical smoky cedar/vanilla/dark chocolate Penfolds oak that become more fragrant with aeration, revealing scents of violets, cloves and cinnamon. Smooth, unctuous and exceptionally elegant for Grange, its voluptuous palate of black cherries, plums, black olives and smoky dark oak finishes with exceptional length of vibrant fruit over suggestions of minerals and vanilla. The longer it's opened, the silkier and more ethereal it becomes, as the quality of its fine-grained tannin becomes apparent. A classic reflection of a great cool vintage. Drink 2022-2032+.Jeremy Oliver - 97 points

"As hoped and expected; beautiful colour; a wonderful bouquet, with black fruits of various kinds the engine, oak in tow. Impeccable texture and balance in the mouth; again, a wonderful array of seamless blackberry, licorice and high-quality oak; destined to become recognised as one of the great Granges. 14.5º alc. Drink Now - 2050."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 97 points and Top 100 Wines of 2007

"Deep crimson. Fresh dark cherry, blackberry and graphite aromas with dark chocolate, herb garden and chinotto notes with a hint of sage and violet. Inky sweet with supple dark cherry, mulberry, blackberry and praline espresso flavours, fine persistent chalky velvet tannins, roasted meat, chinotto and dried herb notes, mid-palate richness and persistent long slinky finish. Lovely wine with superb fruit complexity and mineral length. Elegance and power. Drink Now-2050"  Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal Verticals Penfolds Grange 2022 - 97 points

"A precise, definitive, lattice-structured wine of great power and poise. This vintage is a great example of what Grange is, and of how new American oak and rich South Australian shiraz can seamlessly combine to form a sophisticated whole. This is not an over-powered wine, but it is beautifully powered, with a great push of meat, plums, smoke, vanillin, cassis and bright, rich blackberries pouring through your mouth. Its wealth of fine-boned tanninsthough, is what sets this wine apart, and gives it the best long-term cellaring potential since the 1996 vintage Grange release. This should be a 25+ year wine. It's a classic example of precision wine engineering. Drink: 2015-2035+."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 96 points


James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2007
Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating

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.