Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 1986
Penfolds has been a pioneer in the world of winemaking since its establishment in 1844 by Dr. Christopher and Mary Penfold. The company's success has been driven by a lineage of visionary winemakers who have pushed the development of the company to extraordinary, bold new heights. Mary Penfold's reign at the helm of Penfolds saw years of determination and endeavour, experimenting with new methods in wine production. In 1948, Max Schubert became the company's first Chief Winemaker and he propelled Penfolds onto the global stage with his experimentation of long-lasting wines - the creation of Penfolds Grange in the 1950s. Soon, the medals began flowing, and Grange quickly became one of the most revered wines around the world. In 2012, Penfolds released its most innovative project to date - 12 handcrafted ampoules of the rare 2004 Kalimna Block Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Penfolds continues to hold dear the philosophies and legends that have driven the company's success since its establishment in 1844.
The Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 1986 is a truly exceptional vintage that showcases the best of Australian winemaking. On the nose, it offers a powerful and intense aroma of mocha, cedar and liquorice which is perfectly balanced with smoky oak characters. The palate is rich and extravagant, with complex flavors of mocha, dark chocolate, dark berry and herb fruit, all complemented by dense and ripe tannins. The finish is chalky firm, but superbly long and flavorful. This wine is a great Grange that is still on the ascendancy, and it has rightfully earned its red star rating in the Penfolds Rewards of Patience, Sixth edition. As Australia's most famous wine, Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz is known for its superb fruit complexity and flavor richness. This wine is exquisitely perfumed and concentrated, combining the intensely rich fruit and ripe tannins of Shiraz with the fragrance and complementary nuances of new, fine-grained American oak. In some years, a portion of Cabernet Sauvignon is added to enhance the aromatics and palate structure. Overall, the Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 1986 is a truly remarkable wine.
Blackberry liqueur, pepper, earth, spice and leaf aromas produce a pungent perfume, This wine is huge. It's packed and stacked with layers of intense, ripe dark fruit. This is full boded, powerful and finishes with wave after wave of dense, packed and staked fruit. This is about power, purity and intensity, not elegance. That being said, it's a world class wine with remarkable character and an endless finish. - Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, Points 99/100
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Shiraz 87%, Cabernet Sauvignon 13%
Country - Australia
Region - Barossa Valley, South Australia
Vintage - 1986
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 13.9%