Has been tested and certified by a Penfolds Winemaker 2010
Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia
A significant turning point for Penfolds Grange, bottles were labelled Bin numbers 49 and 95, and are now becoming increasingly rare.
By the early sixties, Grange had secured its future. The experimental work carried out by Max Schubert and his team during the fifties left lasting impressions. Grange production officially resumed with the 1960 vintage, following a company order in 1956 to stop. Max Schubert defied the order and continued to produce Grange in secret for three years (1957-1959). A blend of 92 per cent Shiraz and 8 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon from the Magill Estate and Morphett Vale in the Adelaide Hills, and Kalimna Vineyard in the Barossa. Generally hot and fairly dry growing season, rainfall was down 20 per cent on average. Maturation for eighteen months in new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 12.80% Acidity 6.10g/L pH 3.67.
Grange displays fully-ripe and intensely-flavoured Shiraz and Cabernet in combination with new American oak. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as one of the most consistent of the world's great wines. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, blending philosophy. 1960 represents a more obvious and up-front Grange, bright and smokey with bouquets of jammy plums and raspberries, almost treacle-like. Winemaker comments by Max Schubert: Medium brick red. Complex smoky/meaty/fig-jim aromas with hints of leather/spice. A lovely fruit sweet concentrated wine with plenty of mocha/dried fig/blackberry flavours and fine drying tannins.