The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from
Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate
fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep
purple-black in color, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced -
replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some
blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint
plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this
textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and
finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great
concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish.
Drink : 2022-2040.
James Halliday's Review:
The core of this wine is Barossa Valley Shiraz (85%) the remaining 15% shiraz
(and 4% cabernet sauvignon) from the Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale
and Magill Estate. In time honoured fashion, it finished its fermentation in
100% new American oak hogsheads, where it spent the next 17 months. It has
exceptional hue and depth to the colour; the smoky complexity to the black
fruits (no red or blue) of the bouquet also offers licorice and earth aromas;
only a great Burgundy could have more nuances defined each time you revert to
the bouquet. You could lose yourself, Narcissus-like, looking endlessly into
the reflection of the palate; for all its power, there is not a hair out of
place, the tannins outstanding. There is not the slightest question this will
be one of the greatest Granges in the pantheon of '52, '55, '71, '96 and '06.