Penfolds `Bin 95` Grange Hermitage 1972 (1 x 738mL) SA.

The 1972 Penfolds Grange is a blend of 90 per cent Shiraz and 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine won a gold and four other medals at Australian wine shows in 1973, 1976 and 1977. Another outstanding vintage for Grange.

From humble beginnings in the 1950s, Grange has maintained its place as Australia's most prestigious red wine over five 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 an 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.

Overview

The 1972 Penfolds Grange is a blend of 90 per cent Shiraz and 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine won a gold and four other medals at Australian wine shows in 1973, 1976 and 1977. Another outstanding vintage for Grange.

From humble beginnings in the 1950s, Grange has maintained its place as Australia's most prestigious red wine over five 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 an 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.

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

Expert Reviews

90 Points. Wine Front. Campbell Mattinson. 7 November 2007

Penfolds Grange (Hermitage) Shiraz 1972 was made using a blend of 90 percent shiraz and 10 percent cabernet sauvignon. Grapes were grown in the Barossa Valley (Kalimna Vineyard and other), Coonawarra, Magill Estate (Adelaide) and the Modbury vineyard (Adelaide). It was a mild-to-warm summer in South Australia and is generally considered to be a good vintage.

There was a bottling mishap with this wine and so it is famous for its ‘bottle variation’. Get a good bottle and it can be a thrilling experience. Get one of the many poor bottles and it’s not so pleasant. Bottles that have been through a Penfolds Re-corking clinic (and passed) should be rewarding.

I guess this doesn’t have the ring through the finish (i.e. the persistence) that the stunning vintages of Penfolds Grange have, but boy it has a lot of appeal. Ignore the rating. Fresh dark leather, rosewater, musk, and lots of beefy tannin. The way the wine finishes lets things down a touch. Vegetal characters here – some would call them unripe – but it has aged most attractively. It’s past its ‘best drinking’, but good bottles will still offer up a lot of fun.

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Medium brick red.

Aroma

Complex and vibrant, sweet, meaty/truffly fruit with perfumed apricot/marmalade and black fruit notes.

Palate

Concentrated and textured with sweet, briary, apricot-like fruit and touches of star anise. Fine dry tannins and excellent length. A remarkable wine.

Medals & Trophies

Gold Medal - Sydney Wine Show, 1976

Silver Medal - Brisbane Wine Show, 1973

Bronze Medal - Melbourne Wine Show, 1973