750mL bottle of Grange 1996

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Grange 1996

Grange is the benchmark by which other Australian reds are often measured. Grange is decadently rich with layer upon layer of flavor that coats the tongue and generously lingers minutes after swallowing. Abundant aromas leap from a glass of Grange and defy the typical adjectives used by wine tasters. These are hedonistic aromas of rich, ripe fruits and spice, yet with an 'otherness' of which wine tasters speak of in hushed tones. 

Grange blossoms with 15 to 20 years of bottle age and better vintages can live and continue developing for decades. First produced by Max Schubert in 1951, the '96 Grange represents 46 years of winemaking excellence.

Taste Description
Deep crimson. Lovely classic Grange with intense dark fruit, dark chocolate, mocha aromas. Plush, generously flavoured palate with praline, blackberry, dark plum flavours, fine grainy/graphite tannins and underlying savoury, malty nuances. Finishes chocolatey firm, long and flavourful. A gorgeously seductive wine with lovely fruit power and richness. Still hasdecades to go. A great vintage. 
Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa, McLaren Vale, Magill and Padthaway.

Maturation: Matured in 100% new American oak for 19 months..

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.2% Acidity: 7.20g/L pH: 3.41

Variety: Shiraz (94%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (6%).

Vintage Conditions
An exceptional vintage both in quality and quantity. After the drought conditions in 1995, much needed rains replenished the soils during the winter across most of South Australia. The growing season was dry and mild, allowing the grapes to set and mature slowly resulting in ripe, complex, elegant fruit.