Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa + Adelaide South Australia
The 1983 Grange is one of the grandest ever, an exceptional wine and a standout edition from what was otherwise a disastrous vintage across most of Australia's winegrowing regions. Fires, hail, drought and heat, it all happened in 1983. Somehow Penfolds seemed to rise above the adversities of the vintage and produced monumental flagship wines. This Grange stands muscular, powerfully constructed and robust, one of the finest Granges of all time, a great Australian Shiraz with a claim to being one of the finest ever.
The 1983 Grange is predominantly Shiraz with a small amount (6%) of Cabernet Sauvignon. From the Kalimna and other Barossa vineyards, Magill Estate, and Modbury in the Adelaide Plains. This vintage was seriously affected by the 1982 drought, less by the devastating Ash Wednesday bushfires and March flooding. Summer rainfall was a little more than half the average, following by record rains in March. Maturation in new American oak hogsheads for twenty months. Alcohol 13.30% Acidity 7.10g/L pH 3.41
Winemaker comments by Don Ditter: Very deep black cherry red. Dense, powerful dark chocolate spice/plum/ briar and mint aromas with some oak-derived coconut. A highly concentrated wine showing pronounced extract and tannins balanced with sweet plummy fruit and showing some cigar box characters.