Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa + Adelaide Hills South Australia
Considered a good wine from one of the most difficult vintages in memory for Max Schubert and Don Ditter. Rigorous grape selection saw one of the smallest Grange yields on record at 2300 cases. It was future Chief Winemaker John Duval's first vintage with Penfolds and the first Grange to be made at Nuriootpa in modern steel fermenters. All previous vintages were made in traditional open concrete vessels at the original Magill Estate wineworks. Winner of a Trophy, four Gold and three other medals at Australian wine shows from 1976 to 1989.
A collation of harvests from Barossa Valley, Kalimna Vineyard and Magill Estate. Granges may differ in character year by year, bur all bear an unmistakable resemblance and relationship to each other. Vintage 1974 was a very difficult growing season with rainfall more than double the average. Picking time was also very wet, with conditions made worse by an outbreak of downy mildew just before harvest. Tight fruit selection measures were applied to achieve reasonably good edition of Grange with sound structure and concentration of fruit on the palate, given the year. Seven percent Cabernet Sauvignon was included, the finished Grange was matured eighteen months in new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 12.1%
Medium brick red colour. Sweet prune, dried fig and apricot aromas over complex cedar and cigar box characters. Still fresh at early tastings, but compact, with dark chocolate and prune flavours, some earthiness over fine gripping tannins. Firm finish. A little disjointed and unlikely to improve, although should hold. Notes by Max Schubert