Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Adelaide McLaren South Australia
Grange combines the intensity and stature of peerless quality new world Shiraz, with the complementary influence of completely new, fine American oak. Grange 1965, plainly labelled as Penfolds Claret, claimed the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy, Australia's highest and most distinguished accolade. Vintage 1965 continued to amass conspicuous wine show awards well into the 1970s. Bottles were marked with Bin numbers 69 and 70, 71 and 95. A very autumnal style of Grange, seasoned with intriguing mushroom notes, cedar and pastoral leaf.
The Penfold philosophy ensures each vintage of Grange exhibits its own character, evolving for decades as it ages and continues to pleasantly surprise with each new tasting. When Grange reached its 50th anniversary, it was considered appropriate to review all vintages. The historical tasting was recorded in the official Hansard of Parliament Vintage 1965 was assembled from a collation of parcels grown to Kalimna Vineyard and Barossa Valley, Magill Estate, Morphett and McLaren Vales. Five percent of Cabernet Sauvignon was included for structure and complexity. The finished Grange was treated to eighteen months maturation in a selection of exclusively new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 13.2%
Brick red hues. Developed, gamey bouquets, sweet red fruits and leather notes. Caramel oak and red fruits to the palate, molasses and gamey fruit characters, beautifully balanced and supported by pronounced, rustic tannins. A wine of penetrating length, exhibiting canny balance between savouryness and fruit, culminating on a dry, mouth filling finish.