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Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Clare Magill South Australia
Australia's greatest wine was developed over the course of a tortuous decade, by a personality who was driven by the consuming aspiration to create... Australia's greatest wine. Much adversity faced Max Schubert, his project was forbidden by Penfolds for a time, due to the expense. Early releases of Grange were disparaged by industry press for its richness and concentration. It has endured to become the new world's most precious red wine, desired as much for its investment value as for its generosity of flavour and long lived endowments.
Grange has maintained its place as Australia's most prestigious red wine for five decades. Today, it is a wine of international renown, as each vintage is eagerly awaited by collectors around the globe. Grange represents a tradition that's totally uncompromising, bypassing the fads and trends of winemaking techniques, maintaining an integrity of style and remaining true to the fundamentals of Grange creator Max Schubert. An assemblage of harvests from Barossa, Valley Clare and the historic, heritage protected Magill Vineyard, established 1844 by Dr Christopher Rawson and Mary Penfold. The finished Grange was matured nineteen months in a selection of completely new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.5%
Impenetrable dark core. An immediate and powerful lift of cola/ soy/ hoisin/ red licorice, propelled by tea smoke and ferric influences. Less obvious nut husk/ tan bark notes align with lush aromas of ripe, jamon wrapped figs and panaforte plushness. With air, blueberry fruits and mocha arise, the oak, 100% new, remaining concealed. A muscular push/ wave/ affront across the entire palate, from start to finish. Never oppressive nor ungainly, yet captivatingly forceful with a self saucing chocolate pudding richness and blackberry, elderberry fruits. Pronounced tannins are unleashed, the Clare component adding to flavour pool and extract. Power and density naturally respectful of balance and structure.