Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaide Barossa Coonawarra South Australia
By the early sixties, Penfolds Grange had secured its future. The experimental work carried out by Max Schubert left lasting impressions. Penfolds work in research and development, working hand in hand with new ideas within the constraints of the knowledge of the time, resulted in an emerging Penfolds house style. This is the first Grange to use grapes from the cool-climate Coonawarra district. The wine won two Gold and three Silver medals in Australian wine shows between 1963 and 1968. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 95 and 395.
One of the great strengths of the Penfolds Grange style is that it does not rely on the performance of a single vineyard. Max Schubert recognised that Grange should be based on a riper spectrum of fruit. He knew intuitively that fruit power, concentration and ripe tannins were key components of optimum quality. He was well ahead of his time. A blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% cent Cabernet Sauvignon from the Magill Estate, Morphett Vale and Modbury Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, with components from the Barossa's Kalimna Vineyard and the Coonawarra. A hot dry growing season with hot vintage conditions. Maturation for eighteen months in new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 12.70% Acidity 6.70g/L pH 3.52.
A somewhat monolithic personality from a hot vintage, with notes of roasted coffee, singed leather, hot rocks, herbs, underbrush, and pruny fruit. Mature, but deep brick red with brown edges. Smokey, complex bouquet of cedar and walnut, chocolate and toffee, with varnishy suggestions of grape seeds and marc. Opulent and concentrated, the palate is deeply ripened and richly flavoured with plums and prunes, currants and leather. Long and savoury, it is supported by a robust backbone of firm tannin. Winemaker comments by Max Schubert: Medium brick red. Very aged plum/ prune/ leathery/ earthy aromas. Palate is substantial with thick coarse tannins and plenty of plum / prune/ spicey/ woody flavours.