Robert Parker 97
Deep garnet-brick colored, the 1986 Penfolds Grange gives mature meaty / gamey notes over a core of anise, damp earth, tobacco, espresso and Chinese five spice. The palate offers a satisfying amount of complex mid-palate flesh supported by a solid foundation of medium level grainy tannins and enlivening acidity, finishing long. It’s very enjoyable now but there’s no rush to drink-up.
87% Shiraz, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Clare Valley McLaren Valley, Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide) blend. Sweet and a bit thick and stolid. Good and racy and definitely middle aged.
Anticipated maturity: 2005-2030