Penfolds `Bin 95` Grange Hermitage 1973 (1 x 750mL) SA.

This was the last wine made in the open, wax-lined concrete fermenters at the Magill winery in Adelaide. Subsequent vintages have been made at Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley. Considered a good wine from an undistinguished vintage. Nevertheless, it won a trophy, five gold, four silver and six bronze medals between 1974 and 1982. A blend of 95 per cent Shiraz and 5 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon.

Overview

This was the last wine made in the open, wax-lined concrete fermenters at the Magill winery in Adelaide. Subsequent vintages have been made at Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley. Considered a good wine from an undistinguished vintage. Nevertheless, it won a trophy, five gold, four silver and six bronze medals between 1974 and 1982. A blend of 95 per cent Shiraz and 5 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon.

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

Expert Reviews

A blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this was considered "a good wine from an undistinguished vintage." It certainly was outstanding in June in Adelaide, showing a terrific nose of blackberry jam intermixed with sweet earth, plum, brown sugar, and tobacco. Full-bodied, deep, rich, and fully mature, this layered, concentrated, very fresh wine even exhibited some espresso-infused chocolate in the finish. It should drink well for another 5-7 years. Rating 90 - eRobertParker.com (FEB/2002)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Medium brick red.

Aroma

Chamomile, citrus peel and chocolate/berry aromas with a touches of soft leather.

Palate

Very big and mouth-filling with sweet, stocky fruit and notes of tar, leather and nutmeg. Firm, gripping tannins and long finish. More structured style but still has a very good core of fruit sweetness.

Wine Background

From humble beginnings in the 1950s, Grange has maintained its place as Australia's most prestigious red wine over four decades. Today, it is a wine of international renown, with each vintage eagerly awaited by collectors both in Australia and overseas.

Penfolds Grange is a wine of extraordinary dimension and power. Richly textured, intensely concentrated and packed with fruit sweetness, these wines, regardless of vintage, require medium to long-term cellaring. They develop into immensely complex, beguiling wines that seduce the senses.

An Australian icon, Grange represents a tradition in winemaking that is totally uncompromising. Grange has bypassed the fads and trends of modern winemaking in the sense that it has maintained its integrity of style and remained true to its origins in the mind of Max Schubert. Penfolds Grange is the quality standard against which all other Australian red wines are judged. To share a mature Grange, 15 to 20 years old, in fine condition, is one of the great wine experiences.

Medals & Trophies

Trophy - Best Dry Red Class - Adelaide Show, 1978

Gold Medal - Adelaide Show, 1978

Gold Medal - Brisbane Show, 1974

Gold Medal - Melbourne Show, 1978

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