Saturday, April 29, 2006

More Grange Hermitage information!! Update #4

I was complaining recently that I had not heard much about the forthcoming 2001 Penfold's Grange Hermitage Release. Silly me!! I am now being innundated with information and reviews etc. This article appeared in the Advertiser

New Grange to cost $600
By NIGEL AUSTIN
02mar06

THE eagerly awaited release of the 2001 Penfolds Grange on May 1 is expected to go down as one of the greatest vintages of Australia's most famous wine.The 50th commercial vintage of the wine is also expected to be one of the most sought after Granges.

It is also likely to be the most expensive Grange with a price tag of up to $600 a bottle in some stores.

While few have yet tasted the precious wine, it already has a reputation among some connoisseurs as one of the great Granges.

Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago said because the company did not enter it in wine shows, it was happy to let others determine the merits of Grange.

Its panel of wine connoisseurs described the 2001 Grange as "almost certainly a great Grange" and "an immaculately balanced wine".

While Mr Gago says it has evolved considerably in the 30 months since then, those who have tasted it have little doubt about its quality.

Melbourne Street Fine Wine Cellars proprietor John Swanson said the 2001 Grange is a great wine and plans to stock it at $495 a bottle.

Spittoon (a UK Wine Blog) writes "The 50th commercial vintage of the wine is also expected to be one of the most sought after Granges.... It is also likely to be the most expensive Grange with a price tag of up to $600 a bottle in some stores."

Here are some tasting notes on various vintages of Grange (including the 1952, 1990, 1998 and 2001).

AND here is a forum with what some consumers are saying.

All of this adds to the hype of course. Every year we hear from somewhere that this looks like being one of the greatest vintages ever. This may be true this year however, I will be surprised if the 2001 Grange will be retailed at $600 per bottle. If it does, I am very happy with mine at $450! Thanks Robbie!





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