A Range of Grange Part 5 (1955-2010): Tasting Notes, 21st Century Grange

        Edward Ragg, Beijing This is the fifth and final part of our Dragon Phoenix Feature on Penfolds’ Grange and presents tasting notes on select vintages from the current century. (Click here to read A Range of Grange Part 1: Penfold’s Iconic South Australian blend). Given the soaring rise in recognition Penfolds has attained in mainland China, it seems fitting to present at least one (non-Chinese) taster’s impressions of the wines, albeit in English. Chinese wine lovers do, at least, now have Andrew Caillard MW’s The Rewards of Patience (7th...

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A Range of Grange Part 4 (1955-2010): Tasting Notes, The 1990s Select Vintages

        Edward Ragg, Beijing This is the fourth part of our Dragon Phoenix Feature on Penfolds’ Grange and presents tasting notes on select vintages from the 1990s. (Click here to read A Range of Grange Part 1: Penfold’s Iconic South Australian blend). Given the soaring rise in recognition Penfolds has attained in mainland China, it seems fitting to present at least one (non-Chinese) taster’s impressions of the wines, albeit in English. Chinese wine lovers do, at least, now have Andrew Caillard MW’s The Rewards of Patience (7th edition) available...

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A Range of Grange Part 3 (1955-2010): Tasting Notes, The 1980s Select Vintages

        Edward Ragg, Beijing This is the third part of our Dragon Phoenix Feature on Penfolds’ Grange and presents tasting notes on select vintages, in this section from the 1980s (Click here to read A Range of Grange Part 1: Penfold’s Iconic South Australian blend). Given the soaring rise in recognition Penfolds has attained in mainland China, it seems fitting to present at least one (non-Chinese) taster’s impressions of the wines, albeit in English. Chinese wine lovers do, at least, now have Andrew Caillard MW’s The Rewards of Patience (7th...

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A Range of Grange Part 2 (1955-2010): Tasting Notes, Select Early Vintages

          Edward Ragg, Beijing This is the second part of our Dragon Phoenix Feature on Penfolds’ Grange and presents tasting notes on select vintages from 1955-2010, in this section on two classic vintages from the 1950s and 1970s. (Click here to read A Range of Grange Part 1: Penfold’s Iconic South Australian blend). Given the soaring rise in recognition Penfolds has attained in mainland China, it seems fitting to present at least one (non-Chinese) taster’s impressions of the wines, albeit in English. Chinese wine lovers do, at least, now have...

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A Range of Grange Part 1: Penfolds’ Iconic South Australian Blend

Edward Ragg, Beijing Over the past few years I have been fortunate to taste a number of vintages of Penfolds’ flagship wine Grange, created first as an experimental blend in the 1951 vintage by the legendary Max Schubert. As Andrew Caillard MW has lovingly detailed in the seventh edition of The Rewards of Patience – the definitive work on Penfolds past and present – the wine was first released commercially in 1952 and takes it name from the Grange Cottage built on the Magill Estate in 1845. Although Grange conjures up in many a wine lover’s mind the nominal pinnacle of Australian Shiraz, it...

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