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  • Country ranking ?

    133
  • Producer ranking ?

    87
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Noisettes of venison with sauce grand veneur

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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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Wine Information

1970 Grange Hermitage Penfolds

A very mild and dry year with rainfall 40% less than normal. Despite carrying many different Bin numbers in the early years, Grange was always labelled Bin 95 from the 1970 vintage. This wine is a favourite of Don Ditter, who worked at Penfolds from 1946 and succeeded Max Schubert as Chief Winemaker in 1975.

The 1970 Grange is a blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon with particularly low alcohol for a Grange (11.5%).

Bought from a Winebid Australian Auction with several other Granges from the ‘70s. It came in excellent condition and the level was bottom-neck.
Healthy, medium-dark colour. Open, forthcoming mature nose with flavour of sweet caramel and toffee. Leathery, quite hard and a bit dry. Relatively rich and long with some sweet, ripe fruit, but drying out a bit.
After tasting more than 40 different Grange vintages, this one is certainly below the average quality of this giant and normally well-balanced wine. The more often I taste this wine, the more I feel that something is missing here – it always left me wishing for something more?

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

21 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Brick red and Dark

ending

Long, Lingering, Extensive and Alcoholic

flavors

Blackberry, Leather, Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Coffee and Toasty

nose

Generous, Unclean, Fresh and Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Unbalanced, Perfectly balanced, Well-Integrated, Mature, Medium-bodied, One-dimensional, Harmonious, Rich, Ripe, Medium-Sweet and Drying tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Impressive

Written Notes

Grange 1970/ A very mild and dry year with rainfall 40% less than normal. Despite carrying many different Bin numbers in the early years, Grange was always labelled Bin 95 from the 1970 vintage. This wine is a favourite of Don Ditter, who worked at Penfolds from 1946 and succeeded Max Schubert as Chief Winemaker in 1975. The 1970 Grange is a blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon with particularly low alcohol for a Grange (11.5%). Bought from a Winebid Australian Auction with several other Granges from the ‘70s. It came in excellent condition and the level was bottom-neck. Healthy, medium-dark colour. Open, forthcoming mature nose with flavour of sweet caramel and toffee. Leathery, quite hard and a bit dry. Relatively rich and long with some sweet, ripe fruit, but drying out a bit. After tasting more than 40 different Grange vintages, this one is certainly below the average quality of this giant and normally well-balanced wine. The more often I taste this wine, the more I feel that something is missing here – it always left me wishing for something more?
  • 89p
Medium brick red. Intense liquorice/ polished leather/ black olive/ Provençal herb aromas. Well developed savoury and sweet palate with black olive/ polished leather/ herbal flavours and fine cedary tannins. Drink soon. 90% Shiraz 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide) Blend. A dry mild growing season and vintage. Standardisation of bin numbers starts – all vintages are now released as Bin 95.
  • 79p
Bottle with normal size and filled to by the neck. Looking mature, brick red and dark. Intense, refined, opulent and fresh on the nose. The taste is fresh, vigor, perfumed, powerful, perfectly balanced, well-integrated, mature and full-bodied. With cigar-box, chocolate, meaty, spice, tropical fruits, truffles, vanilla, blackcurrant, herbs and mint flavor. Long, extensive, pure and spicy. Impressive and transparent. Decanted 1t and drink between 2020 and 2030. Costs about 1k-3k€ per bottle. Good value for money.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
  • 98p
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Origin

Magill, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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Inside Information

Bin numbering for Grange was standardised with the 1970 vintage.

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