The iconic Australian red wine, the 2014 Grange is densely packed with concentrated blackberry and dark cherry fruits, fine tannins, and a superb mocha and vanilla oak complexity. Extraordinary denisty and complexity.
98% Shiraz, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Famously first made in 1951 when legendary winemaker Max Schubert disobeyed the owners instructions and secretly sought to make the very best wine possible from the very best grapes South Australia had to offer. That tradition continues today with the Grange being a multi-district blend from syrah vineyards, most usually including the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate. A little splash of Cabernet Sauvignon (usually less than 5%, but never more than 14%) joins the blend, most commonly sourced from Barossa, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and Padthaway.
Named after Grange Cottage (built in 1845 at Magill Estate) and labelled Grange Hermitage until 1989, the change to "Grange" (only) took place from the 1990 vintage.
The Grange style has stayed remarkably consistent from the very first vintage, and is defined by its aromatic complexity, intensely rich fruit, ripe tannins and the complementary nuances of new, fine-grained American oak,
Penfolds wasn’t founded with the intention to establish a prosperous winery in the famous Barossa Valley. Rather it was simply by accident that it became what it is today: one of Australia’s most famous and well-known wineries. At the age of 33, after having finished his studies of medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, Dr. Rawson Penfold decided to emigrate to Australia. Traditionally, Englishmen for many centuries possess a high wine culture and thus it perhaps isn’t surprising that Dr. Penfolds brought wine seedlings along which he has bought just in time before his departure in France. In 1844 he and his family settled in Magill in the Barossa Valley and founded the winery Penfolds. The country house which they lived in was called after the old home country of his wife “The Grange”, a name which 110 years later was the inspiration for the world’s most famous and greatest red wine.