Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 2016 (Gift Box)

Penfolds Bin 95 Grange 2016 (Gift Box)

Sale price$970.00
Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale & Others, South Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Varieties: Shiraz (97%), Cabernet Sauvignon (3%)

Closure: Cork

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Producer: Penfolds

Country: Australia

Region: Multi Regional SA

Vintage: 2016

Critic Score: 100 and 20/20

Alcohol: 14.5 %

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2065

As good a young Grange as I can recall. Giving this wine 100 points is one of the easiest things I have had to do - Ken Gargett

Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating
James Suckling Top 100 Wines of Australia 2020

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.

"Penfolds nailed the great vintage, making a wine that is perfect in every way. Its detail is superb, with light and shade allowing blackberry and plum fruit pride of place, but there are also flashes of spice and licorice. It's as mouthwatering with the last taste as the first."  James Halliday

The 2016 Penfolds Grange is a blend of 97% shiraz and 3% cabernet sauvignon from premium vineyards in the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Magill Estate (1%). The wine was matured for 18 months in American oak hogsheads (100% new).

"Deep crimson. Intense elemental wine with elderberry, brambly liquorice, dark cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant and blueberry aromas. Gorgeously seductive with dark cherry, blackberry, dried plum fruits, superb rich dark chocolate and grilled nut notes, plentiful ripe tannins and mocha-roasted chestnut and vanilla oak notes. Finishes slinky chalky and long with mineral length. Superb density and power. All in balance but still unintegrated. Superb potential. Drinking well, but will improve with time. Peak drinking 2030 to 2070. 

"After the blunderbuss which was the 2015 vintage, we have finally arrived at another (there are a good few) slice of sheer perfection. This is such a controlled wine by comparison to its 2015 pal and over a few days and multiple tastes I made recurring flavour notes regarding the remarkable Special Bin 111A while writing about this wine. I hadn't considered, of course, that this wine might share very similar parts, but it does! What I love about how 2016 Grange deploys its flavours is that it does it with so much grace and control for such a commanding wine. The tannins are dry and masterful, but not astringent in any way and this allows this wine to stand to attention on the palate. 2016 is an awesome vintage for Penfolds and I believe that this label is its greatest wine made in this year – as it should be. This vintage shows more intent and dynamism than I saw in the 2010 vintage, which is another of my favourites and also another of my 20/20 wines, and so there is no doubt in my mind that this vintage deserves a perfect score, too."  Matthew Jukes – 20/20 points

"The 2016 Grange includes 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and was sourced from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley, with a little bit from Magill Estate, in the suburbs of Adelaide. Aged in 100% new American oak (as always), it offers up trademark lifted aromas plus scents of vanilla, toasted coconut, cedar, raspberries and blackberries. Impressively concentrated and full-bodied, with an extraordinarily long, velvety finish, it's nevertheless reasonably fresh and tight, with decades of cellaring potential if properly stored. Certainly at least on a par with such vintages as 2010 and 2012, the big question is whether it will ultimately reach triple digits."  Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate – 99 points

"Penfolds nailed the great vintage, making a wine that is perfect in every way. The blend of 97% shiraz and 3% cabernet sauvignon comes from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Magill Estate in Adelaide, in that order, and as usual spent 18 months in new American hogsheads. Its detail is superb, with light and shade allowing blackberry and plum fruit pride of place, but there are also flashes of spice and licorice. It's as mouthwatering with the last taste as the first, and 7.3g/l of acidity leaves the mouth fresh. Drink by 2066."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 99 points

"The 2016 Grange at $950 a bottle is always a talking point. The wine feels much less heavy than the previous 2015 release and perhaps most predecessors, and suggests it's good to open now while there is plenty of deep diving to be done palate wise with its house styled VA note (in subtle amounts) and American oak influence playing its typical role in the overall character of the wine. Energy, depth and balance are keys to its success, the palate appears bottomless with dried fig, anise, dark soy and classic chariness, yet there's fleshy relief, a neatly measured tannin feel that allows its dark fruit notes to rise again in the finish. Lots of talk about how to point such a wine: there'll be some 100s around, I reckon, but as a drink on release with that prominent oak? I'm up for 99 on a good day."  Tony Love – 99 points

"Intense and deep purple, colour as fathomless as a moonless night… a plush and intense nose enticing with fruits of the forest and chocolate/ vanilla bourbon biscuit layering savoury licorice and charcuterie notes. To drink, it is intense with a super-concentrated mouthfeel of rich black fruits, combined sweet/ bitter chinotto in a savoury frame.  Ultimate fruit richness layered with vanillin and well-integrated oak and dusty tannin grip, seamless even now."  Melissa Moore, Wine Pilot – 99 points

"A most elegant Grange that while retaining the usual degree of Grange power is far from muscular or overwhelming. A lifted and so enticing boquet. Bitter dark chocolate, black olive, loaded spice – cinnamon, nutmeg – orange rind, and a powerful presence of aniseed and licorice strap. Fruits are black as night. The palate has lashings of American oak, as usual, and is up to the task of matching the rich, ripe fruit but there's a lighter hand behind the oak regime this time around. The winemakers are dealing with a finer-edged wine, and the oak has been adjusted accordingly (18 months in new American oak hogsheads rather than 20-plus, which can often be the approach). Beautifully balanced all round. Lightly smoked meats, charcuterie, spice plays such a big role here together with ripe black fruits. A touch of thyme, bay leaf too. Tannins are fine, unforced. A masterclass in the art of multi-regional blending and controlled power. Very much a definitive Grange, a fact that could very well underline the increase in price this year."  Jeni Port – 98 points

"2016 represents another standout in the fabled lineage of Grange, a season in which unbridled power meets consummate polish, an exemplar of the impeccable balance that defines modern Grange, yet infused with all of the enduring potential that its legacy embodies. The bombastic concentration and deeply characterful personality of Grange is something to behold, set apart from the outset by its potent and impenetrable black robe, intense even by Penfolds standards. The depth of fruit showcased here is profound, with spicy, glossy black fruits of all kinds rightfully holding prime position. Dark chocolate and coffee American oak is as confident as ever, yet holds its place impeccably at every moment, always just behind the fruit. All the complexity that we expect of Grange is bundled into its folds in coal dust, black olives and crushed ants – though these, too, sit eloquently under the surface. Exquisite tannins of fine-grained, mouth-consuming presence are never assertive, promising longevity of true Grange proportions. A monumental and worthy benchmark of South Australian shiraz."  Tyson Stelzer – 98 points

"Classic Grange. Absolute classic. Aflame with fruit, tempered by oak, no bumps whatsoever but ample grind to the tannin. Grange has remained true to this style since the start of the 1950s and so every release now tends to evoke a previous one; this release has 1996 written all over it. Those long unmistakable chains of tannin melted so effortlessly into the wine; fruit that has ridden straight over the oak as if it was barely there; a finish that stares next week in the eye. It's a brilliant release in anyone's language. Tasted: Jul 20; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $950; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2026-2046+."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 98 points

"This wine really has everything you can expect from a young Grange. Unbridled fruit power, powerful new oak and muscular frame for long aging. Impenetrable colour is matched by decadent fruit – cocoa, chocolate, blackberry and blackcurrant fruits. It is full-bodied, dense and rich with an attractive savoury earthy edge to offset that fruit sweetness. The balance sings and the length is very impressive. A great big Grange vintage. Drink 2035 – 2060."  Angus Hughson – 98 points

"A blend of 97% shiraz and 3% cabernet sauvignon from Barossa, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Magill Estate. This is a very intense Grange with such rich black-fruit, tar and coal-smoke aromas together with iodine and black-olive notes and an array of wild dark herbs. Almost impenetrable dark plums and licorice, as well as bacon fat. The palate has such seamless delivery of intense blackberry and plum flavors with some redder tones emerging, too. The power here is countered by such freshness and an almost elegant feel. This has such impressive, vibrant, long and seamless fruit power. Really is exceptionally complete, but tight, needs time to open. Very enjoyable now, but better after 2023."  Nick Stock, – 98 points and Top 100 Wines of Australia 2020

 "Deep crimson. Classic blackberry dark cherry praline aromas with roasted chestnut, espresso herb garden notes. Supple and compact with deep set blackberry, dark cherry dark chocolate hazelnut paneforte flavours, fine plentiful dense graphite slightly al dente/ chewy tannins and roasted chestnut espresso oak notes. Finishes chocolaty firm and minerally long. The archetypal Penfolds Style with superb fruit power and complexity, generosity and structure. It will slowly unpack over the next ten years and more."  Andrew Caillard MW – 98 points

"So much going on in the glass; it's a tempestuous opera with a big cast. On the nose, there's high lift from a big, generous swirl of fruity aromas that carry a hint of fermented fig among the blackberry, dark plum and aniseed. Investigate further on the palate and there's a lot going on within its dense hedge of dark berries and secondary flavours of mocha and liquorice. Ultimately, it's the heavy black notes that win out and persist, but there is so much to ponder, even after the event has concluded. A Grange worth mulling over."  David Sly, Decanter – 98 points

"Deep, shimmering violet. Expansive, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of cherry liqueur, cassis, coconut and pungent flowers show excellent clarity. Stains the palate with concentrated dark fruit and violet pastille flavors that are complemented by suggestions of mocha, smoked meat and exotic spices. Distinctly generous in character, but there's also superb energy thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Sweet dark fruit and candied violet notes drive the finish, which features steadily building tannins and shows remarkable tenacity."  Josh Raynolds, Vinous - 98 points

"Very, very dark, concentrated, blackish purple. Almost more of a decongestant than a wine. Goes straight up the nose rather than offering a complex array of different aromas. Very sweet, round and gently textured initially so that only after a while do you become aware of the massive tannins underneath – really massive! But clearly a great deal of work has been done on smoothing the tannins. Concentrated but not exaggerated. Sweet and smooth with a hint of camphor. Salt and spice, and drier than some Granges at this early stage. But such a baby!!! Though if you were really in a hurry, you could decant this into a young-wine decanter and leave it overnight. It is too strong to harm."  Jancis Robinson MW – 18.5++/20 points

"Very deep, concentrated red/purple hue, the aromas coconutty at first, with traces of graphite and espresso coffee. The bouquet is a mixture of ironstone and graphite mineral nuances allied with charred oak and richly-concentrated almond and chocolate shiraz fruit. There are concentrated fruitcake, dried-fruit and bitter dark chocolate flavours that are very intense and hugely concentrated. Formidable density and persistence, with a touch of elegance - within the Grange paradigm. It's big and powerful but relatively light on its feet for a Grange. It needs several years before broaching. A superb Grange. (Includes 3% cabernet sauvignon). Drink: 2023-2050."  Huon Hooke - 97 points

 "A deep vivid crimson, verging on opaque. Glossy, to be sure, with the telltale carapace of vanillin American oak saturated with dark fruit allusions from bing cherry and satsuma plum. Yet the wine is lifted and floral, brimming with violet scents giving a sense of lightness despite the sheer heft and power. Asian five spice, lacquer and Hoisin sauce, too, with the oak reverberating across the back end as mocha, bitter chocolate and coffee grind. A riff on nori-umami warms the mid-drift. The meld of fruit and structural elements, seamless. The finish, long. Very. As always, this will make exceptional old bones."  Ned Goodwin MW – 97 points


Penfolds Rewards of Patience tasting panel 2021 - 5/5 rating
Top 100 Wines of Australia 2020 - James Suckling

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.