Penfolds `Bin 95` Grange Hermitage 1971 (1 x 738mL) SA.

Langton’s Classified: Exceptional

Top Vintage

Silken, opulent with fleshy apricot/prune fruit and truffly, earthy, demi-glace undertones balanced by fine, sweet tannins and an extremely long finish. A superb wine.

Overview

Langton’s Classified: Exceptional

Top Vintage

Silken, opulent with fleshy apricot/prune fruit and truffly, earthy, demi-glace undertones balanced by fine, sweet tannins and an extremely long finish. A superb wine.

Region:
SA - Other South Australian
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Of the 1971 Penfolds Grange, winemaker Peter Gago suggests it's "a Grange that doesn't seem to tolerate poor storage or travel". I've had glorious bottles of this and others that were just very good. This one was at the glorious end of the spectrum, however it faded very quickly (after about 30 minutes in the glass) so I would not recommend decanting this wine with lots of air or well in advance of drinking as it seems very fragile.

Deep garnet-brick in color, the nose was incredible to begin, offering an array of meaty, baking spice, incense, Ceylon tea and coffee notes with hints of dried Chinese plum, figs, dates, hazelnuts and aniseed. It fills the mouth with flavor yet is elegant in weight and structure with a medium level of finely grained tannins, enlivening acid and only 12.3% alcohol. The finish is very long and layered. Drink it now.

Rating 95 - Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, (MAY/2012)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Medium brick red.

Aroma

An astonishing wine with intensely sweet, lifted, complex and perfumed prune/apricot/truffle aromas with hints of violet and fig.

Palate

Silken, opulent with fleshy apricot/prune fruit and truffly, earthy, demi-glace undertones balanced by fine, sweet tannins and an extremely long finish. A superb wine.

Wine Background

This wine is a blend of 87 per cent Shiraz and 13 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and created a sensation when it won gold and topped its class at the Gault-Millau Wine Olympiad in Paris in 1979, beating the best Rhone Valley wines. It also won a trophy, four gold, four silver and five bronze medals at Australian wine shows between 1971 and 1982.

'If you had to point to a wine which fulfilled all the ambitions of Grange, it would have to be 1971,' said Max Schubert in 1993. 'It was a great wine from a vintage that was great throughout South Australia'.

Medals & Trophies

Gold Medal - Melbourne Wine Show, 1976

Gold Medal - Sydney Wine Show, 1976

Gold Medal - Dr. Gilbert Phillip Memorial Trophy

Gold Medal - Sydney Wine Show, 1972

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