Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa, McLaren & Magill Estate South Australia
The late great Max Schubert embarked on an adventure to formulate the first growth of Australian wine in the 1940s. After many years of trials and tribulation, his enduring legacy to the world is the mighty Grange. Essentially a rich, splendid Shiraz wine exhibiting a nonpareil intensity of complex fruit character and inseparable, regal oak. A Heritage Icon of South Australia, Grange remains the nation's most recognizable label in the world of wine. Twenty one months in new oak and three years in bottle, the structural and tactile Grange package.
An assemblage of fruit from superior vineyards in the Barossa and McLaren Vale, with a precious component picked off the distinguished old vines on the ancient Magill Estate. Vintage 2007 was challenging, low winter temperatures threatening severe frosts, accompanied by low winter rainfall. Dry conditions persisted and unusually high summer temperatures followed. Low crops, the fruit ripened quickly and was selectively harvested earlier, parcel by parcel, pursuing full flavours, structure and balance. The final cepage of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon was matured twenty one months in exclusively new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.5%
Impenetrable, dense vivid red as a five year old, almost to the rim. Unmistakably Grange nose, formic and ripe, pungent and confronting. Darker elements at the core, soy/ cola/ peat/ coal dust. Dutch black liquorice with sesame/ seaweed and quince paste. Beneath, a coffee-grind/ mocha/ bitter chocolate, from oak? Above, African spices coupled with a fleeting and appealing glacial waft. At once, balanced and accessible, fresh and tight. A structural and textural continuum, no beginning or end, no gaps. Complete. Oak omnipresent, yet neither prominent nor ostentatious, completely assimilated. Tannins are neither obstructive nor aggressive, yet effortlessly convey the flavours.