Australian shiraz lands perfect score


Influential journal Wine Advocate has awarded Australia’s 2008 Penfolds Grange shiraz an unsurpassable 100 points, a score that chief winemaker Peter Gago said Tuesday was like winning an Academy Award.

The Wine Advocate, which is considered the pinnacle of wine reviewing, rarely hands out a perfect score. “The 2008 Grange puts forward a very complex nose packed with aromas of mulberries, layers of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon with nuances of minced meat, anise, potpourri and whiffs of dried mint and chocolate,” it said.

The wine will be released to the public in May, selling at around $701 a bottle.