Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Adelaide Clare South Australia
Labelled very plainly as Penfolds Claret, Grange Hermitage 1967 claimed the seventh Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for best one year old red in the land. 1965 Grange had already claimed the same accolade two years previously. Individual bottles of vintage 1967 may be labelled as Bin 74 or Bin 95. Max Schubert describes vintage 1967 as sweet, complex and intense, stocky /truffle like. Developed with ripe, concentrated, meaty chocolate flavours, silky tannin structure and long, well balanced finish.
Throughout the 1960s, editions of Grange were regularly entered into wine shows with considerable success, two vintages claimed the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy. A blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Kalimna and other superior Barossa vineyards, Clare Valley and Magill Estate. A fairly dry growing season was followed by a warm vintage, just in time for picking. The first Grange ever to include a component of Clare Valley fruit, a lighter, more elegant and fragrant style of Shiraz, Max Schubert considered vintage 1967 to be excellent and grossly underrated ny pundits. The completed wine was matured eighteen months in a selection of new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 12.7%
Medium brick red. A very intriguing nose of caramel, lifted prune/ liquorice/ baked earth aromas with some vegetal/ vegemite nuances. The palate is well concentrated with prune/ earthy flavours and pronounced leafy tannins. Tannins build up thick and dry at the finish.