Grange 1997

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Grange 1998

Grange is both Penfolds and Australia's most famous 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 climate of South Australia.

Penfolds Grange displays fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes in combination with new American oak. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as the most consistent of the world's great wines. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds' multivineyard, multi-district blending philosophy.

Taste Description
Deep crimson. Very powerful, opulent and expressive Grange with intense blackberry, praline, liquorice aromas and hints of leather and spice. A sumptuous mouth-filling wine with plush blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate flavours, beautiful savoury, spicy new oak and plentiful velvety graphite tannins. Superb balance, length and richness of flavour. A classic year.
Technical Information

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

Maturation: Matured in 100% new American oak for 18 months..

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.50% Acidity: 7.20g/L pH: 3.50

Variety: Shiraz (97%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%).

Vintage Conditions
Cool spring weather followed by a warm summer and very low rainfall created one of the classic vintages of the last two decades. Fruit quality was outstanding with incredible intensity of flavour, fine tannins and structure. The 1998 vintage of Penfolds Grange may rank amongst the very finest released.