Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa, Padthaway, McLaren Vale South Australia
The hallmark of this release is powerful fruit intensity, superb length and typical Grange complexity, showing integrated fruit and oak flavours which are very persistent, reflecting the exceptional quality of the 1988 vintage. An ideal growing season followed by a warm dry vintage, produced an elegant Grange. 94% Shiraz, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon from Kalimna and other vineyards in the Barossa, Padthaway and McLaren Vale. A classic Grange, from an outstanding vintage year, the 1988 will develop superbly until 2008 and beyond.
John Duval's contribution to the evolution of Grange has been critical. His stewardship has probably seen the greatest developments and innovation in viticulture and winemaking. John Duval represented a new generation of winemakers with a very strong, pure science and applied winemaking background. For three years he played an understudy role to John Davoren (creator of St. Henri), Don Ditter and Max Schubert. Assuming the mantle of Chief Winemaker at a young age, he was fully immersed in the Penfolds winemaking traditions. Matured in new American oak hogsheads for eighteen months. Alcohol 13.50% Acidity 7.6g/L pH 3.36
Winemaker Comments by John Duval: Deep plum-red in colour with youthful purple hues. A complex bouquet featuring opulent, ripe Shiraz berry fruit characters, ranging from soft, earthy nuances through to spice, cherry and plum fragrances, combined with traditional new barrel fermentation characters and vanillin American oak complexity. Concentrated, ripe plum and spicy berry fruit Shiraz flavours, balanced acidity, integrated with distinctive oak - a feature of the style.