Penfolds Grange 1976

Well, back online after a wine post, but not wine, free Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I feel extremely fortunate to have tried an Australian wine of this calibre.  The 1976 is a blend of 89% shiraz, and 11% cabernet sauvignon, with its fruit sourced from the Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley and Magill Estate/Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide).  The colour was still a deep red, that could easily be mistaken for a younger wine were it tasted blind.  (For the record, though I like the discipline of blind tasting normally, I think it would have been a shame to taste an emotive and old wine such as this in clinical blind conditions.)  The 1976 Grange had a superb, outstanding aroma: crushed rocks, plums, Christmas cake, black olives and leather.  I inhaled it softly for at least 5 minutes before drinking.  The palate had length that simply lasted for ages, and a really quite pronounced leathery, earthy taste.  Simply superb, and the wine has a few years left in it yet.

Rating: Outstanding, Abv: 13.9%, Website: http://www.penfolds.com.au/brand_penfolds/wines/icon-and-luxury-range/grange/index.htm, Tasted: 2010

you might also like

South Australia

No comments:

Post a Comment

To subscribe to Grape Observer please click here.



About

Grapeobserver.com is an independent wine review and journal. For further information about your author, please click here. To subscribe to Grape Observer you can click here.