Parker 100 points: Consistently one of the most awesome wines ever made at Grange, this blend of 89% Shiraz and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon (13.9% alcohol) was the first Australian wine to cost $20 upon release. I have had this wine six separate times, every time rating it between 96 and 100. It had a phenomenal showing at Penfolds' Magill estate. The color is an opaque purple, the wine massive, full-bodied, and to me, the quintessential Grange. Notes of blackberry liqueur intermixed with cassis, charcoal, new saddle leather, and underbrush resonate from the glass. Huge, thick, unctuously textured, with extraordinary concentration but perfect harmony among all of its elements, this is a prodigious Grange that is still not fully mature. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. A legend for sure!
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.
The Rewards of Patience tastings in September 1999 confirmed that the sheer intensity, power and overall balance of 1976 Grange meant it deserved its place as one of the great vintages of the 1970s.
‘Spectacular; enormous density of fruit with plenty of chocolate and dried fruits; almost port-like. Tannins are velvety and thick;
so youthful, so monumental, so massively concentrated; amazing!’(Andrea Immer, Rewards of Patience, 4th edition, 2000).
The 1976 Penfolds Grange is a blend of 89 per cent Shiraz and 11 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon.
Grange Vineyard Region Kalimna (Barossa Valley), Magill
(Adelaide), Barossa Valley and Modbury
(Adelaide Plains) in South Australia.
Vintage Conditions Very good with ideal conditions throughout. The warm vintage resulted in big, rich, concentrated wines.
Grape variety Shiraz (Syrah), Cabernet Sauvignon
Maturation Eighteen months in new
American oak hogsheads.
Wine Analysis A lc/Vol: 13.90%
Winemaker comments by
Colour Youthful purple/red.
Nose Intense and concentrated liquorice/chocolate/berry/truffle aromas with touches of earthiness.
Palate Powerful with rich plum/chocolate/berry/
liquorice fruit flavours, thick velvety tannin
structure and excellent length.
Should be a
very long-lived wine.