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The 2017 Penfolds and Saint-Louis collaboration delivers the second Aevum Limited Edition Crystal Decanter with Grange 2013.
The contemporary, minimalistic crystal decanter features an evolved design to showcase the fluid beauty of the fine wine within. A flowing band of incised crystal allows an uninterrupted view of the depth of colour and consistency of the liquid inside. Hand-blown, hand crafted.
Continue cellaring. Peak drinking 2020-2060.
Saint-Louis is the oldest glassmaker in Europe and one of the most prestigious crystal houses in the world.
In 2016 Penfolds and Saint-Louis unveiled a collaboration to acknowledge the art and culture of a service ritual long associated with the flagship Grange.
Opaque black core, dark red rim.
An aromatic assault / surge / eruption of soy, hoisin, balsamic reduction… coiled around a core of kirsch and fresh raspberry.
This propulsion is crammed with tell-tale barrel ferment, V.A. and formic Grange markers – all in balance, all respectful of fruit and oak.
And yet, so ‘classy’ – a brightness, a sheen, a gloss, a raciness – belying both age and upbringing (élevage).
No gaps, a densely-packed structural continuum.
Not huge, not massive, yet taut, muscular, feisty. A black palimpsest - black fruits, black liquorice, black pudding, black fig, black cardamom....
Granitic chewy tannins linger and coat; oak all but fully concealed, submerged beneath a tannin/oak/acid/flavour tsunami.
Fruits? Where to start in this entanglement? Time please.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Magill Estate.
Maturation:20 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads.
Variety: 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The majority of South Australia had a dry winter reminiscent of 2006, vines were in water deficit at the beginning of spring and became accustomed to dry conditions quite early. The exception was McLaren Vale, where revitalising winter rainfall exceeded the long term average. Early budburst was noticeable across many regions.
Dry and warm spring conditions explained canopy growth and yields, becoming typical of the 2013 growing season. Warm days were dispersed throughout October, November and in early January, contributing to an early start to the 2013 harvest and a condensed vintage.
Dry and warm conditions, coupled with lower than average yields resulted in fruit showing strong, structural tannins and wines of great intensity and encouraging flavour. The Magill Estate fruit was harvested in pristine condition, hand-picked on February 14th and 15th 2013.
The development of Max Schubert’s Grange is a modern tale of imagination, a battle against the odds and redemption.
It began with a side trip to Bordeaux in 1949, where a wine ‘capable of staying alive for a minimum of twenty years’, first entered Schubert’s mind. His first experimental vintage in 1951 began a new way of thinking that would eventually lead to a signature wine style, but not before Grange was discredited and Max Schubert forced to make the wine in secrecy.
This collaboration was the first time Saint-Louis, who has been making handcrafted crystal objects in France since 1586, has collaborated with a global brand outside of Europe.