15 October 2015

To symbolically coincide with the new vintage release of Grange (2011), Penfolds presents The Story of Grange, a short film that tells the extraordinary tale of how Chief Winemaker Max Schubert created Grange.

Set in the 1950s, narrated by Russell Crowe and directed by Nic Benns of Momoco, the film captures Max’s vision, the setbacks, the determination and, ultimately, the achievement of making not just a great Australian red, but an icon now lauded the world over.

Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago said, “The story of Grange is now one of almost mythical status. The Grange winemaking philosophy remains faithful to that established by Max in 1951. Whilst we continue to endeavour to take the wines to the next level via vineyard improvement & winemaking refinement, Max’s blueprint is indelibly stamped and respected.” 

The film’s original musical score is written by one of Australia’s most distinguished screen-composers David Hirschfelder. David said his first inspiration for creating the music “saw its seeds in the poetry of powerful and magnificent flavours emanating from a glass of Grange.” Spending time walking amongst the vineyards and cellars at Penfolds spiritual home, Magill Estate Winery, also gave David a palpable sense of the history and tradition and the detail and passion that goes into making not just a wine, but a Penfolds wine.

Watch the preview