PENFOLDS GRANGE HERMITAGE 2015
Opaque, a dark core with a lighter deep red concession on rim
An eruption of fruits. At once lively and expressive, conceding Grange personality yet still not revealing all ....
Dark coffee grind, malt and tapenade merge with black earths, almost verging on peat.
Mandated V.A and formic notes propel a slurry of dark-skinned berried fruits, flirting with dark liquorice and soy.
Oak completely hidden, long since absorbed. Now, back to the glass for a second sniff!
Initially the ‘enlivened’ dark fruits of a Christmas pudding or boiled fruitcake mix demand attention. But there’s much more to complement these fruits – impressions of ironstone, graphite, iodine, black ink, and a black pudding viscosity.
Formidable, meshed tannins – texturally honeycombed, without the honey!
Oak has entwined itself invisible. Yes, every barrel still new, and completion of fermentation off skins in barrel still Grange modus operandi.
Integrated, measured ... and clearly more than one sip required to gain an authentic ‘first-impression’.
Certainly a wine of its vintage. A Grange of 2015.