Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Coonawarra South Australia
The benchmark by which exceptional red wines in Australia, and increasingly overseas, are often measured. The reasons for this are many, concentration of flavour, complexity and longevity. Grange blossoms with 15 to 20 years of bottle age, when most other reds have past their best, and better vintages can live to continue developing for decades longer. First produced by Max Schubert in 1951, the 1993 Grange represents over forty years of winemaking excellence. An earlier maturing vintage that's nevertheless rich and concentrated, very scented with apricot/camomile/dark berry/smoky aromas.
86% Shiraz and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Kalimna and other superior vineyards, in the Barossa Valley, and Coonawarra. A very wet growing season was followed by warm, drier conditions, resulting in a very late but sound quality vintage fruit. An Indian Summer in Coonawarra delivered fully ripened fruit. One of the great strengths of Grange is that it does not rely on the performance of a single vineyard. Partial barrel fermentation during winemaking takes place at the tail-end of primary fermentation (at 2-3 degrees Baume). It joins elements together, producing meaty complexity and roundness of flavours. Matured in 100% new American oak for eighteen months. Alcohol 13.50% Acidity 6.00g/L pH 3.6.
Comments by Grange winemaker John Duval. Dense plum red merging to brick red on rims. Intense blackcurrant and plum with malt, fig and liquorice aromas that leap from the glass. This has all the characters of a classic Grange. What is promised on the nose is delivered on the palate - a powerful, concentrated, opulent wine. Layers of Shiraz fruit and first class oak manifest themselves into a seemingly endless variety of flavours - deep plum, liquorice, black olive, chocolate, cedar, coffee, etc, all compressed into a silken, round mouth feel. Forceful, ripe tannins are balanced by sheer weight of fruit. It is hard to believe that 100% new American oak was used - the intensity of fruit has all but soaked it up.