Grange 2003 750ml bottle

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Grange 2003

Grange is arguably 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 climates 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 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.

Taste Description

Dark and liqueur chocolate, laced with Moroccan spices. An underlying tar/graphite blackness is lifted by derived fruit/quince pie flavours - a few years earlier they may have been more brashly varietal and elemental. Pronounced tannins sweep across the palate, although they are certainly part of the wine, never obtrusive.

Long, layered and compelling, this wine is at the spicier end of the Grange spectrum.

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Magill.

Maturation: This wine was matured for 15 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads.

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5% Acidity: 6.90g/L pH: 3.60.

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

Vintage Conditions
The 2003 vintage was initially warm and dry, becoming milder later in the season. These conditions prompted an early start of harvest with the fruit reaching optimum ripeness evenly. The vintage produced Shiraz with dense colour, impressive varietal characters and soft tannins.