Penfolds Grange Shiraz 1997
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.
Deep opaque crimson. Liquorice/blueberry/dark chocolate/herb garden/polished leather aromas with some smoky oak characters. The palate is fruit sweet and concentrated with blueberry/dark chocolate/liquorice flavours and fine slinky/chalky-dry tannins. Malty oak characters pervade at the finish. A very good wine considering the vintage. A comparatively early drinking Grange. 96% shiraz, 4% cabernet sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Bordertown blend. Late spring rains followed a generally wet winter. Generally dry, cool conditions prevailed during October and November. A burst of hot weather arrived during summer but cooler temperatures and a week of rain during February slowed down ripening. A warm, dry period followed over vintage. Andrew Caillard - The Rewards of Patience VI
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