Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa + Adelaide South Australia
Winemaker John Duval called the 1981 a big, tannic Grange. A warm to hot, drought-affected summer yielded a powerfully concentrated wine with chocolate raisin fruit, earthy nuances, and pleasant oak.
The 1981 Grange is a blend of 89 percent Shiraz and 11 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from the Kalimna and other Barossa vineyards, Magill Estate and the Modbury Vineyard in the Adelaide Plains. Maturation in new American oak hogsheads for eighteen months, a muscular Grange, the question being, will it ever soften out? Alcohol 12.70% Acidity 6.20g/L pH 3.58
Deep crimson brick red. Liquorice, dried fig, baked red fruit aromas. Coffee chocolate oak precede a plump, juicy and straightforward palate. The tannins are soupy and dense and build up very chalky and dry at the finish. Winemaker comments by Don Ditter: Dense purple/red in colour. Smoky meaty/spicy aromas and some toasty oak characters, also showing vanilla and coffee overtones. A combination of rich, fleshy, chocolaty and smoky flavours are balanced with pronounced tannins and length, resulting in a wine of immense concentration and powerful structure.