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Penfolds `Bin 95` Grange 1997 (1 x 750mL), SA.

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Condition: Cellared

Buyers premium: 17.50%

Lot Number: 0016-2469923

Part of Sale: Aussie Classic Wines Feat. Birth Year Wines

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Overview

Grange is an icon, being both Australia’s and Penfolds’ flagship wine. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climate of South Australia.

Penfolds Grange displays fully ripe, intensely flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes in combination with new American oak. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as 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. The 1997 vintage is predominantly Shiraz (96%) with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (4%).

Region:
AUS - Multi-regional
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

"Medium to full red, with just a touch of purple remaining; powerful, complex dark fruits, chocolate and savoury lemon/vanilla oak on the bouquet, then a similarly powerful palate where earth and chocolate join the chorus of flavours promised by the bouquet; persistent tannins, of course. It's hard to suggest this will be regarded as a great Grange in 20 years or so, but it is nonetheless in the mainstream of Grange style."

Rating 94 Drink 2022 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Date Tasted Jun 02

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

A deep, crimson red with a dense ruby core.

Aroma

Immediately engaging, with wafts of nutmeg and ginger amongst notes of blueberry and blackcurrant and a background of well seasoned savoury oak. The fruit gains in the glass with aeration, when more subtle perfume and chestnut complexities emerge.

Palate

Already showing excellent balance within the frame of a beautifully interwoven mesh of dark plum and blackberry fruits with fig and liquorice. Complex fruit and spice flavours sit against a finely focused backdrop of firm but rounded tannins, balancing acidity and seductive, perfectly integrated, smoky oak. The palate has wonderful length, with a tightly structured, tannic finish indicative of the calibre of this fine wine, still very much in its youth.

Vintage
1997
Region
AUS - Multi-regional
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Cork closure
Alcohol
14%

Winery Profile

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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.

Chris Shanahan, 26 May 2010, The Canberra Times“It has an inky deep colour, overwhelming aroma and flavour impact of ripe, dense, sweet fruit, mouth-flooding tannins, distinctive flavour of American oak and a buoyant lift. This is a great wine of rare dimension. Over many decades, it will mellow and grow paler, becoming more fragile and ethereal.”

Penfolds Bin 95 Grange

The wine market was changing rapidly by the late 1940s, as soldiers returned from the war and new immigrants settled in Australia. Max Schubert, then a young winemaker at Penfolds, returned to Europe after the war to investigate winemaking. The mission was to learn about sherry production, however a side trip to Bordeaux led to Schubert experimenting with a long-lived red wine that he called Grange.

Schubert looks back on the 1950s Grange years as exciting years of discovery, faith, doubt, and ultimately triumph. In contrast, the 1960s were a period of vindication and Grange stole a march on the rest of the Australian wine industry by setting an incomparable benchmark for longevity, concentration and balance.

Penfolds Grange is Australia’s pre-eminent first growth. It is a very perfumed concentrated wine, which combines the intensely rich fruit and ripe tannins of shiraz with the fragrance and complementary nuances of new, fine-grained American oak. Partial barrel fermentation takes place at the tail-end of primary fermentation. It weaves the two elements together producing a meaty complexity and roundness of flavours on the palate.

A portion of cabernet sauvignon is used in some years to enhance the aromatics and palate structure. After vindication the wine is matured in new American oak hogshead for around 20 months. The best vintages last for more than 50 years.

Top Vintages

2010, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1991, 1990, 1986, 1980, 1976, 1971, 1966, 1963, 1962, 1955, 1953. The experimental and hidden Granges are extremely rare

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Bidding History

Bidding Details Bid Time Bid Price Bid Qty Win Qty
J.C - warragul VIC19/03/2019 5.41.33 PM AEDTAU $389 11
M.B - Glen Osmond SA19/03/2019 8.27.39 PM AEDTAU $379 10
l.p - cleveland QLD19/03/2019 12.19.05 PM AEDTAU $359 10
G.f - beecroft NSW18/03/2019 11.39.38 AM AEDTAU $289 10
S.Z - Williamstown VIC15/03/2019 8.23.03 AM AEDTAU $279 10
L.B - Surrey Downs SA13/03/2019 2.00.40 PM AEDTAU $269 10
S.W - Pymble NSW12/03/2019 8.12.22 PM AEDTAU $259 10
G.Z - Sans Souci NSW12/03/2019 8.02.50 PM AEDTAU $249 10
S.E - TOORAK VIC12/03/2019 7.06.29 PM AEDTAU $109 10
S.T - O'Connor WA12/03/2019 6.05.03 PM AEDTAU $99 10
C.L - HAZELWOOD PARK SA12/03/2019 5.36.46 PM AEDTAU $89 10
G.N - Essendon West VIC12/03/2019 3.09.06 PM AEDTAU $69 10
M.H - Norwood SA12/03/2019 9.00.45 AM AEDTAU $49 10
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