Penfolds Grange Shiraz 1980
Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia. Grange utilises fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district, blending philosophy.
The 1980 Grange is predominantly Shiraz with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (4%) from the Kalimna and other Barossa vineyards, Clare Valley, Magill Estate, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. Generally good growing season with fine and warm conditions followed by a cool vintage. Another unusual vintage in that the grapes ripened late, but were very full. Maturation eighteen months in new American oak hogsheads.
Deep crimson brick red. Intense plum, blackberry/ menthol, mocha /liquorice aromas, confection-like small berries, cherries and plums has a hint of treacle. Smooth and creamy, with flavours of mulberries, cassis and plums, it's obviously a cooler season Grange wrapped around by sweet oak. It opens up after time in the glass, the tannins are pronounced but offset by stylish, rich, concentrated dark berry chocolaty fruit. First vintage adopting consistent use of signature red Penfolds capsules. Winemaker comments by Don Ditter: Medium red/purple. Intense, fragrant chocolate cherry/prune dried fig aromas. Dense and chewy with generously ripe, prune/ chocolate fruit flavours, pronounced grainy tannins and superb length.
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