Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Coonawarra South Australia
1975 was the year Max Schubert retired from his post as Chief Winemaker, although he remained a consultant to Penfolds and kept an office at Magill Estate. He was succeeded by Don Ditter, who had worked with Penfolds as a winemaker since 1946. Penfolds 1975 Grange won two Gold and five other medals at Australian wine shows between 1976 and 1981.
Max Schubert retired as Chief Winemaker at Penfolds, but remained involved as a mentor and Winemaker Emeritus for another 20 vintages. Don Ditter, an early graduate of Roseworthy Agricultural College who joined Penfolds as a laboratory assistant in 1946, was appointed by Max Schubert as his successor. An era of considerable technical advances in winemaking, producing a succession of memorable editions up until Don Ditter's Last vintage before retirement, epitomize this remarkable period. Fom the Kalimna and other Barossa vineyards, and the Coonawarra. A cool summer followed by a mild, dry vintage. Maturation for eighteen months in new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 13.40% Acidity 5%80g/L pH 3.85%
A thickly textured muscular wine with plenty of concentration, a dark horse. Winemaker comments by Don Ditter: Colour is a garnet red. Sweet, leather, spice and meaty aromas with some intense liquorice, almost porty nuances. Rich and concentrated with ripe, tobacco/ berry fruit and touches of spice and leafiness. Quite extractive and bitter tannins make the wine a very muscular style. Could soften out.