Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa, Padthaway, McLaren Vale South Australia
Though retired, Grange creator Max Schubert was proclaimed Man of the Year by UK Decanter Magazine in 1988. The hallmark of Grange 1988 is it's powerful fruit intensity, dominant length and profound complexity, persistent fruit and oak, reflecting the exceptional quality of the 1988 vintage.
A classic Grange, from an outstanding year, the 1988 is expected to develop superbly for twenty years past release. 94% Shiraz, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Kalimna and other vineyards in the Barossa, as well as Padthaway and the McLaren Vale. An deal growing season was followed by a warm dry vintage. As they say at Penfolds, it's the fastidious barrel fermentation that gets the oak into the wine, and the wine into the oak. Lavish maturation for the 1988 vintage under prime, selected new American oak hogsheads for eighteen months. Alcohol 13.50% Acidity 7.6g/L pH 3.36
A vintage of powerful fruit intensity, superb length and full-on Grange complexity. Comments by John Duval: Deep plum-red in colour with youthful purple hues. A complex bouquet featuring opulent, ripe Shiraz berry fruit characters, ranging from soft, earthy nuances through to spice, cherry and plum fragrances, combined with traditional new barrel fermentation characters and vanillin American oak complexity. This is a full bodied, richly flavoured and complex wine, exemplifying the uniqueness of Grange Hermitage. Concentrated, ripe plum and spicy berry fruit Shiraz flavours are complemented by soft fruit and oak tannins, firm astringency and balanced acidity, integrated with distinctive oak - a feature of the style.