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Saturday, 28 October 2006
The best red wine in the world


Wine Spectator magazine named the 1990 vintage Grange The Best Red Wine in the World. This accolade has sent the price of both the 1990 and subsequent vintage releases soaring at auction. The above photograph shows the 1999 vintage available at the largest wine retailer in the UK for 99 pounds sterling. They do not put the real wine on display - the above are display bottles that can be exchanged at the check-out till for the real thing. I believe that this is the cheapest you will get this particular wine, anywhere in the world.  The experts at EveryWine have the following to say:

Considered an outstanding vintage in Penfolds Rewards of Patience (4th edition, 2000).‘Very good. I like this, it’s just about perfect!’, said Tim White, at the Rewards of Patience tastings in September 1999.
‘Very big-boned and just starting to ease into a long final straight. I suspect this is - will be - a classic,’ said Anthony Rose at the same tasting.

Vintage Conditions
Generally good growing season with fine and warm conditions followed by a cool vintage. Another unusual vintage in that the grapes ripened late, but were very full.

Maturation Eighteen months in new American oak hogsheads. The nose has intense, fragrant chocolate/cherry/prune/dried fig aromas. Leading to a palate full of dense and chewy, generously ripe, prune/chocolate fruit flavours, pronounced grainy tannins and superb length. Peak drinking is Now - 2015

Posted by bigblue on 28/10/2006 at 11:11 PM
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Better keep it away from me, I’ll stick in in a sauce… wink

Posted by FinkAngel  on  05/11/2006  at  02:57 PM

Oh no, what a waste!  Stick to Stormhoek for that.

Posted by bigblue  on  06/11/2006  at  11:21 PM

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