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  • Country ranking ?

    268
  • Producer ranking ?

    68
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Skirt Steak with Pomegranate Sauce

The Story

Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated 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. Grange utilises fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes. 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.

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Vintage 1965

1965 Grange Hermitage Bin 95 Penfolds (Australia)

The 1965 Grange won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy, awarded to the best one-year-old red at the Melbourne Wine Show, in 1966. It also won two more gold and six other medals between 1966 and 1973. This 1965 Grange is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Excellent condition and level was by the neck. Decanted for three hours. Evolved color with orange trim. Fresh and exotic sweet fruit on the nose. But the taste was unexpectedly one-dimensional and boring. I probably decanted it too early and now it was simply too alcoholic, hot and unkind wine with a nasty, sharp aftertaste.

The second bottle was decanted only 15 minutes before tasting and was happily much more alive and had better fruit and structure than the first one. Unfortunately this also started to fade very rapidly in the glass. But those first 30 minutes were splendid; it displayed lovely, ripe and vigorous fruit with soft and gentle tannins. Great balance and good depth. This was not one of those muscular Granges, which they all seem to be today. 1965 was a surprisingly elegant and sweet wine, but no more than the first 30 minutes. Drink up - fast!

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium and Clear

ending

Long, Extensive and Flavorful

flavors

Smoky, Licorice, Coffee, Blackberry, Blackcurrant and Blueberry

nose

Intense, Pure and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Low in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Balanced, Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Full-bodied, Harmonious, Rich, Elegant and Dry

Written Notes

The 1965 Grange won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy, awarded to the best one-year-old red at the Melbourne Wine Show, in 1966. It also won two more gold and six other medals between 1966 and 1973. This 1965 Grange is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent condition and level was by the neck. Decanted for three hours. Evolved color with orange trim. Fresh and exotic sweet fruit on the nose. But the taste was unexpectedly one-dimensional and boring. I probably decanted it too early and now it was simply too alcoholic, hot and unkind wine with a nasty, sharp aftertaste. The second bottle was decanted only 15 minutes before tasting and was happily much more alive and had better fruit and structure than the first one. Unfortunately this also started to fade very rapidly in the glass. But those first 30 minutes were splendid; it displayed lovely, ripe and vigorous fruit with soft and gentle tannins. Great balance and good depth. This was not one of those muscular Granges, which they all seem to be today. 1965 was a surprisingly elegant and sweet wine, but no more than the first 30 minutes. Drink up - fast!
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Medium deep brick red. Intense earthy/ bitumen/ cedar/ marmalade aromas. Well concentrated but elegant wine with earthy/ dark chocolate/ cedar/ herb flavours and fine chalky/ chocolaty tannins. Finishes leafy firm. Rare. 95% Shiraz 5% Cabernet Sauvignon Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide) Morphett Vale (Adelaide) McLaren Vale Blend. Jimmy Watson Trophy Winner – a prestigious Melbourne Show award. A warm dry growing season. Released as Bin 95 ( also as Bins 69, 70 and 71)
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Information

Origin

Magill, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Below Average

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 1965  ( Penfolds  )

"Medium deep brick red. Intense earthy/ bitumen/ cedar/ marmalade aromas. Well concentrated but elegant wine with earthy/ dark chocolate/ cedar/ herb flavours and fine chalky/ chocolaty tannins. Finishes leafy firm. Rare. 95% Shiraz 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide) Morphett Vale (Adelaide) McLaren Vale Blend. Jimmy Watson Trophy Winner – a prestigious Melbourne Show award. A warm dry growing season. Released as Bin 95 ( also as Bins 69, 70 and 71)
"

1y 3m ago

94p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 1965  ( Penfolds  )

"The 1965 Grange won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy, awarded to the best one-year-old red at the Melbourne Wine Show, in 1966. It also won two more gold and six other medals between 1966 and 1973. This 1965 Grange is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Excellent condition and level was by the neck. Decanted for three hours. Evolved color with orange trim. Fresh and exotic sweet fruit on the nose. But the taste was unexpectedly one-dimensional and boring. I probably decanted it too early and now it was simply too alcoholic, hot and unkind wine with a nasty, sharp aftertaste.
The second bottle was decanted only 15 minutes before tasting and was happily much more alive and had better fruit and structure than the first one. Unfortunately this also started to fade very rapidly in the glass. But those first 30 minutes were splendid; it displayed lovely, ripe and vigorous fruit with soft and gentle tannins. Great balance and good depth. This was not one of those muscular Granges, which they all seem to be today. 1965 was a surprisingly elegant and sweet wine, but no more than the first 30 minutes. Drink up - fast!
"

1y 8m ago

94p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 1965  ( Penfolds  )

"G 45 min
24 mths fermented American oak medium toast
5% CS"

4y 10m ago

94p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Grange Hermitage 1965  ( Penfolds  )

"G 45 min
24 mths fermented American oak medium toast
5% CS"

4y 10m ago

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