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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.
Production: 3,610 cases Blend: 88% Shiraz/12% Cabernet Sauvignon
Interestingly, the 1966 displays a more youthful, dark ruby/garnet color than its younger siblings, the 1967, 1968, and 1970. Some tannin remains in the alcoholic finish. The nose is completely open, revealing scents of cedar, jammy fruit, chocolate, and herbs. There is medium to full body, astringent, hard tannin, and enough fruit to stand up to the wine's high alcohol and structure. This very good to excellent wine should continue to drink well for another 5-10 years. Two other tastings of this vintage revealed similar results.
Parker 93 points