I was lucky enough to be at a wine masterclass last night which among the very fine collections of wines on offer was the Penfolds Grange Shiraz 1995. I say lucky because under normal circumstances this isn’t a wine you’d normally pick up, given that the per bottle price is around £135 and upwards.
Now, I no doubt give the impression that I can be a bit of a wine-geek from time to time, and to a degree thats true – but I’m a fairly casual wine-geek, and most of the finer details are still lost on me. But, that said tasting this wine along side a selection of 9 other Australian Shiraz gave a very good feel for how it tastes along side it’s “peers”.
Was it good? Yes, with out a doubt it was a very nice glass of wine. Was it worth 10 times some of the wines at the lower price bracket we were tasting, well, thats hard to say. For me, given there is no way I can afford to spend that kind of money on a bottle of wine, no, I don’t feel that it’s worth considering. (Where as in contrast there are bottles in the region of £20 to £30 that I feel are worth spending that extra bit on a special occasion)
Still, a good bottle to drink, and I can say that I have tried it, so as an experience it was very interesting.