Penfolds Grange Shiraz 2014 750ml Nose
An indulged aromatic meander:
First in the kitchen umami expressed primarily via wafts of shiitake mushroom stock, hoisin and XO sauce enhancing scents of dry-aged beef and game meats.
Then outside olive-leaf, cardamom, sage and thyme a stroll through a South Australian olive grove saltbush, acacia, dried and dusty bracken.
To the cellar fresh and familial lifted formic and barrel-ferment nuances.
Followed by a return to reality:
Quite simply, an unmistakable youthful Grange nose. Awakened primary fruits and stylish oak interlocked and indistinguishable. As expected.
Savoury, not fruity. Tastes/flavours remind of slow cooked beef ragout, chicken liver game terrine. Red liquorice also apparent.
Integrated oak spicy, almost non-American oak but it is. As it always is. A core of 100% new Quercus alba.
Poised yet powerful. A balanced, tightly-knit and woven structural tapestry. Not to be constrained by dimension or frame.
Tannins with attitude! Nonetheless respectful. Type? Slatey tannins alluvial, silty (certainly not muddy!).
Long and lingering tactile impressions indistinguishably and slowly fuse/merge into an aftertaste memory.
Until the next sip!
A Grange to create new friends this 2014 offering a subtly different structural mosaic; different tone and timbre.