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

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