Penfolds Grange 1971


Jeremy Oliver 97 points!
Robert Parker 96 points!

Australia, SA, (Other)
750mL
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Details

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'. Vintage Conditions: An excellent year in South Australia with ideal, generally warm conditions throughout both growing season and vintage. The result was an abundance of grapes of very high quality. Medium brick red, An astonishing wine with intensely sweet, lifted, complex and perfumed prune/apricot/truffle aromas with hints of violet and fig. 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. Alc/Vol: 12.3%. Peak drinking period now until 2010. Notes sourced from Penfolds.
Robert Parker 96 points!
"I have had this wine on five separate occasions and on each occasion it has been a prodigious example of Grange Hermitage. The wine has consistently revealed the fruit levels, intensity, and complexity that are the hallmarks of a classic Grange. In fact, it is the first great Grange Hermitage since the debut vintage of 1955. The color is a mature garnet with considerable amber/orange at the edge. The magnificent aromatic profile includes scents of cedar, caramel, coffee, toffee, chocolate, and gobs of jammy black-cherry and currant fruit. It could easily be mistaken for an old, magnificent Pomerol given its voluptuous texture, glorious richness, unctuosity, and phenomenal concentration, fat, and length. The wine has been fully mature since I first tasted it in 1990, yet it is capable of lasting for another decade. This is the real thing!" Wine Advocate #100 (Aug 1995)
"Riddled with pink lipstick-like aromas " smells like the girlfriend I never managed to have. Salty and seaweedy. Lovely length and power through the palate, slaking tannins and juiciness racing at a fair speed. Let's just summarise: hate the smell, love the taste."
Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front August " October 2007