Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Adelaide Clare South Australia
The 1960 to 1977 editions of Grange Hermitage were regularly entered into Australian Wine Shows with considerable success. Max Schubert retired as chief winemaker in 1973, but remained involved as mentor and Winemaker Emeritus for another twenty years. Schubert described 1977 Grange as "Complex and vibrant, sweet, meaty truffly fruit with perfumed apricot marmalade and black fruit notes. Concentrated and textured with sweet, briary, apricot, star anise. Fine dry tannins and excellent length. A remarkable wine!"
Vintage 1977 was finished with a higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, weighing in at a hefty nine percent. A collation of exceptional harvests, the backbone from the spiritual home of Grange at Magill Estate, adjacent to the Penfold wineworks in Adelaide Hills, the distinguished Kalimna Vineyard and other prestigious sites in Barossa Valley, assembled alongside the pick of fruit from Valley Clare. Cool, mild conditions prevailed during the growing season. Central to the long lived style of Grange is an extended term of maturation in an extravagant selection of exclusively new American oak hogsheads.
Deep brick red. Intense blackberry/ smoked oyster/ meaty aromas. The palate is quite forward and developed with meaty /leather /spice bitumen flavours and tight, grainy, slightly sappy tannins. Finishes dry and tight.