Wine: Penfolds Bin 95 Cabernet Shiraz “Grange”
RRP. $650 plus.
You don’t just buy a wine like this and then think; “okay, yeah, I’ll drink this right away.” Oh no please don’t do that. You’ll be wasting your money.
A wine like this commands respect, time and patience. When this was poured out for me, it had already been double decanted and passed back through a strainer. I was astounded by how the characteristics of the wine were forever changing in the glass, and then on the palate. At first I got the smell of what you get from all young big bold wines. Plenty of oak. Upon first tasting, I didn’t find much fruit on the palate. There was quite a tight amount of tannin and the prominent taste of new American oak with a slight hint of dark chocolate/ mocha characters. (Keep in mind this wine had been spending five years in a bottle at 14 degrees Celsius in Penfolds cellar), so the fruit in this wine was not going to show itself until the wine had a chance to breathe some temperature found its way in to the glass.
It overall took me 1 hour to get through 30mls of this expensive liquid.
Once the wine opened up, it started to show its fruits. Quince and stewed plums prominent. Summer berries in the background.
This was the first time I have tried Grange, and I was not disappointed.
However, there was still a long way to go before I would have even consider opening and enjoying a bottle for myself.
As the Penfold’s wine guide stated: “This wine is very much an iron fist in a velvet glove.”
There is no better way to describe this wine. This was exactly what it was. Bold, big and full on; but with patience and time it will settle out to be smooth and well refined.
If you are ever to get your hands on this vintage, I would not consider opening it until at least 2025, but with patience and careful cellaring, this wine will go well into the future and will still be drinking well 50 years from now.
The SA Wine Guy.