Penfolds Grange 1973 (Base of Neck Level)

Australia, SA, (Other)
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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. A dry growing season followed by a cool vintage. Matured for 20 months in new American oak hogsheads. Medium brick red. Chamomile, citrus peel and chocolate/berry aromas with a touches of soft leather. Very big and mouthfilling 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. Alc/Vol: 12.4%. Peak drinking period now. Notes sourced from Penfolds.
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. eRobertParker Only (Feb 2002) Robert Parker 90 points