Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Adelaide Clare McLaren Coonawarra South Australia
Max Schubert's experimental work in the 1950s determined that South Australian Cabernet was unreliable, he recognised that Grange should be based around a spectrum of fruit. One of the great strengths of Grange is, whilst mostly a Shiraz, it does not rely on the performance of a single vineyard. From fruit grown at the Kalimna and other Barossa vineyards, Magill Estate in Adelaide, and other superior vineyards in the Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley, the 1984 is balanced with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon 5%.
No other red wine in Australia can rival the reputation, consistent quality or proven development pattern of Penfolds Grange. The winemaking process involves great attention to detail; from selecting the best possible grapes sourced from low-yielding, old Shiraz vines through to fermentation and fastidious oak maturation. Generally good weather for the vintage, a cool summer followed by a dry harvest. A meticulous regimen for vineyard selection, coupled with exacting winecraft, gives each Grange a different character. A seductively smooth wine this year, early developing and with slippery tannins. Maturation in new American oak hogsheads for twenty months. Alcohol 14.2%
Comments by Don Ditter: Intense deep rich red. Blackcurrant and plum aromas combined with developed chocolate and caramel-like characters which are enhanced by smoky oak characters. A big, rich, and balanced wine. The palate is elegant, with cedary, chocolaty, tobacco-like flavours and supple tannins.