Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaide Hills & Barossa South Australia
Last of the three hidden and secret Granges made by Max Schubert in defiance of a company order to cease production, the wine was released commercially after the ban was lifted. New oak was not used during the three secret vintages. Bottles were labelled Bin numbers 46, 49 and 95. The story of Grange is steeped in the Australian ethos. Max Schubert is an Australian folk hero, a lifelong winemaker who battled against the odds and then succeeded in creating one of the very great wines of the world.
Traditionally for Grange, partial barrel fermentation takes place at the tail-end of primary fermentation (at 2-3 degrees Baume). It joins the two elements together, producing meaty complexity and roundness of flavours on the palate. Barrel fermentation gets the oak into the wine and the wine into the oak. A portion of Cabernet is used to further enhance aromatics and structure. A blend of 94 per cent Shiraz and 6 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon from Magill Estate and Morphett Vale in the Adelaide Hills, and Kalimna Vineyard in the Barossa Valley. Cool to mild growing season followed by a generally warm vintage. Maturation for eighteen months in used American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 12.50% Acidity 5%20g/L pH 3.62.
Winemaker comments by Max Schubert: Deep brick red. A savoury wine with earthy/dried meat/ barnyardy aromas. Elegantly stuctured palate with some earthy/ dark chocolate/blackberry flavours and strong chalky tannins. Grange displays fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes in combination with new American oak.