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Grange is the benchmark by which all other reds in this country, and increasingly overseas, are often measured. The reasons for this are many yet straightforward. Concentration of flavour, complexity and longevity - Grange blossoms with 15 to 20 years of bottle age, when most other reds have past their best, and better vintages can live and continue developing for decades longer. And finally, heritage - first produced by Max Schubert in 1951, the '94 Grange represents over 40 years of winemaking excellence.
"Rewards of Patience"
"Medium-deep crimson. Fresh intense plum, liquorice, sandalwood, earthy aromas. The palate is richly concentrated with saturated plum, blackberry, sweet fruit, mocha, herb flavours and fine plentiful, muscular tannins. Showing plenty of tertiary notes, but excellent drive and vinosity. A classic vintage."
Unmistakably Grange—formic, ripe, pungent, confronting. Core: darker elements—soy/cola/peat/coal-dust/Dutch black liquorice with sesame/sea-weed/quince paste.
Beneath: coffee-grind/mocha/bitter chocolate (from oak?).
Above: African spices coupled with a fleeting and appealing glacial waft.
What is promised on the nose is delivered on the palate - an opulent, intense, hedonistic wine. Layers of massive Shiraz fruit and expertly crafted oak manifest themselves into a seemingly endless variety of flavours - deep plum, liquorice, cedar, chocolate.
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Home to the oldest vines in the country, and no less than 18 wine growing regions, South Australia accounts for almost 50% of Australia’s wine production. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra are well known for their world class reds, with Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Eden Valley praised for their exceptional Chardonnay and Riesling.
The Barossa Valley experienced a drier than average growing season with rainfall at 83 per cent of the 10 year mean, reducing yield in a virtually disease-free season. Ripening was slow. Good sugar levels, alcohols and ripe flavours were realised. McLaren Vale had good rainfall and mild temperatures and Coonawarra had a warm, very dry autumn followed by a cool and sometimes wet summer.
Key to the success of Penfolds has been a lineage of visionary winemakers. There have only ever been four Chief Winemakers at the helm of Penfolds – Max Schubert, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, each a custodian of a rich winemaking tradition that goes back for more than 170 years.
Our current Penfolds winemaking team has more than 100 years between them as Penfolds winemakers. They are constantly refining and improving their work, whilst honouring the winemaking techniques of their predecessors.