Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa McLaren South Australia
The 1991 Grange shocked me with its sweet, forward display of jammy black fruits, smoke, roasted coffee, and copious toasty oak scents and flavors. This mouthfilling Grange, inevitably becomes more complex and civilized with ten or more years of cellaring.
Another great Grange vintage, the 1991 is one of the finest red wines made in Australia, rivalling the highly acclaimed 1990 95% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from exceptional vineyards in the Barossa Valley, including Kalimna, and the McLaren. A warm, dry year with even ripening conditions, vintage began early. Matured in new American oak hogsheads for eighteen months. Alcohol 13.50% Acidity 7.3g/L pH 3.32.
Comments by Winemaker John Duval: A glorious, dark, dense, red purple colour. The rich bouquet shows an incredible depth of ripe berry spice, tobacco, mocha and green tea aromas with unmistakable Penfolds oak handling. The palate has intensely concentrated, mouthfilling fruit flavours showing spicy, rich berry fruit and earthy characters with masses of ripe tannins and integrated oak, finishing with excellent length.