Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Padthaway Adelaide South Australia
Grange is both Penfolds and Australia's most famous wine and is officially listed as a heritage icon of South Australia. An exceptional vintage, 1998 remains a superbly balanced and sumptuous wine, with all the hallmarks of a great, long-living Grange.
Predominantly Shiraz (97%) with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (3%) from the Penfolds Kalimna and other Barossa Vineyards, with proportions from Padthaway and Magill Estate. Cool spring weather followed by a warm summer and very low rainfall created one of the classic vintages of the last two decades. Fruit quality was outstanding with incredible intensity of flavour, fine tannins and structure. The 1998 vintage of Penfolds Grange ranks amongst the very finest released. James Halliday described it as
Beautifully perfumed and exotic, opulently rich and seductive plum/apricot/ blackfruit/meaty flavours with toasty/malty/savoury oak and fine velvety sweet tannins. Winemaker comments by Peter Gago. Bright, almost impenetrable dark red. The nose is youthful and intense with dark, ripened Satsuma plum fruits rising above a base of liqueured dark chocolate and licorice. Overtones of malt, toasty barrel ferment and nutty oak meld effortlessly into an exquisitely aromatic offering. The palate displays intense layering of fruit - raspberry, blackcurrant and blackberry - laced with licorice and oak. The power of the fruit at the fore is balanced with ripe velvety tannins, offering an alluring even-textured palate with remarkable length.