Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa McLaren South Australia
The pinnacle of Australian wines, Grange is always exciting and opulent.
No other Australian wine can rival the quality and development pattern of Grange. The winemaking process involves great attention to detail, the best possible grapes from low-yielding, old Shiraz vines through to fermentation and fastidious oak maturation. The unique and distinctive Grange style is based on ripe Shiraz with stylish American oak in fine harmony. 1987 is a blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Kalimna Vineyard and the McLaren Vale. The growing season and vintage were both marked by cool weather. Crops in most South Australian regions were reduced by hailstorms in October. Matured in new American oak hogsheads for eighteen months. Alcohol 13.80% Acidity 6.6g/L pH 3.42.
Medium crimson. Appealing red berry/mint-chocolate aromas and subtle oak nuances. A well concentrated wine with redcurrant/blackberry/ chocolate/ mint flavours and fine, leafy, chewy tannins. Forward, earlier drinking Grange with a deepish red-brown appearance and a spicey, dusty, herbal bouquet of prune, raisin and licorice. Beginning juicy and plummy, a very firm, dry finish. An elegant Grange. Winemaker comments by John Duval: Colour is dense brick red in colour. Nose is typical of Grange showing strong rich, berry fruit and minty characters with smoky oak overtones. Full, firm, rich palate with excellent concentration of sweet plum and cherrylike fruit, vanillin oak flavours and soft, mouthfilling tannins.