Grange 1971 750mL bottle

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Grange 1971

This wine is a blend of 87 per cent Shiraz and 13 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and created a sensation when it won gold and topped its class at the Gault-Millau Wine Olympiad in Paris in 1979, beating the best Rhone Valley wines. It also won a trophy, four gold, four silver and five bronze medals at Australian wine shows between 1971 and 1982.

'If you had to point to a wine which fulfilled all the ambitions of Grange, it would have to be 1971,' said Max Schubert in 1993. 'It was a great wine from a vintage that was great throughout South Australia'.

Taste Description
Medium-deep brick red. A classic Penfolds year with an unusually low alcohol, around 12.3%. Very beautiful, fresh, developed apricot, panforte, vanilla, cedar, sweet fruit aromas with touches of tar/bitumen. Fully mature wine with complex apricot, panforte, roasted chestnut, smoky, espresso flavours and superb lacy dry tannins. Finishes long and sappy with graphite firmness. Looking quite fragile.
Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley (including Kalimna Vineyard), Magill Estate (Adelaide), Clare Valley, Coonawarra.

Maturation: Eighteen months in new American oak hogsheads.

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 12.30% Acidity: 6.30g/L pH: 3.72.

Variety: Shiraz (87%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (13%).

Vintage Conditions
An excellent year in South Australia with ideal, generally warm conditions throughout both growing season and vintage. The result was an abundance of grapes of very high quality.