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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.
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!