Shiraz Barossa Coonawarra McLaren South Australia
No other red wine in Australia can rival the reputation, consistent quality or proven development pattern of Penfolds Grange. The pinnacle of Australian reds, Grange is a rich, opulent, full-bodied Shiraz, destined for a long cellar life. The winemaking process involves great attention to detail, from selecting the best possible grapes sourced from low-yielding, old Shiraz vines, through to fermentation and fastidious oak maturation. The 1992 Grange has great complexity and balance, a powerful and rich vintage with mouth-coating tannins.
90% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. This vintage from the Barossa Valley (including the century-old vines of the Kalimna Vineyard) Coonawarra and McLaren Vale. A cool to mild growing season marked by intermittent rains.
Grange combines the intensely rich fruit and ripe tannins of Shiraz with the fragrance and complementary nuances of new fine-grained American oak. 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. Matured in new American oak hogsheads for eighteen months. Alcohol 13.50% Acidity 7.00g/L pH 3.43.
Smoky/dark chocolate/blueberry/ plum aromas. Well rounded, balanced palate with ripe blueberry/plum/dark chocolate flavours and fine grained slightly leafy tannins. Finishes very firm and tight. Comments by John Duval. Deep, dense, dark brick-red with purple crimson hues. The bouquet displays all the distinctive hallmarks of classic Grange - abundant, sweet, ripe berried fruit coupled with balanced integrated oak. As it breathes, the wine reveals alluring tobacco, smoked roasted nuts and concentrated blackcurrant nuances. The palate has intense, sweet, rich fruit with pronounced yet rounded ripe tannins. The wine has excellent structure and integration of spicy, earthy fruit and firm oak, finishing with great length of flavour.