Penfolds `Bin 95` Grange Hermitage 1979 (1 x 750mL), SA.

Description:

Penfolds Re-Corking Wine Clinic 2014

Last vintage bottled using off-white foil capsules. First vintage to be bottled in magnums (1500ml) as well as standard 750ml bottles. Usually, 600 magnums are bottled each year. The 1979 vintage is a blend of 87 per cent Shiraz; 13 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Penfolds Re-Corking Wine Clinic 2014

Last vintage bottled using off-white foil capsules. First vintage to be bottled in magnums (1500ml) as well as standard 750ml bottles. Usually, 600 magnums are bottled each year. The 1979 vintage is a blend of 87 per cent Shiraz; 13 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon.

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

Expert Reviews

"A blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, Max Schubert commented in 1993 that this vintage was "not quite up to the mark." For technicians, this was the last vintage to use white capsules on the bottle, with Penfolds moving to the crimson red foils in 1980. The wine is deep ruby garnet with an unusual nose of root vegetables mixed with cola, caramel, black currant, and tar. Relatively attenuated in the finish, but sweet on the attack, this wine seems to be narrowing out, with the tannins becoming increasingly dominant. If this is typical of the direction the evolution of this wine is taking, it is not reassuring. The wine is certainly still full, but may ultimately tend to dry out rather than blossom and prove expansive. This is a vintage to monitor closely."

Rating 90 - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - Tasted Feb 2002

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Medium red/purple.

Aroma

Complex, developing aromas with plenty of soft, slightly lifted, tobacco/berry/gamey fruit.

Palate

Highly concentrated with rich, cedar/blackberry fruit, massive, firm, dry tannins and long flavourful finish. Tannins are too much at the fore at the moment, but could soften out over time.

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

View Penfolds - Bin 95 Grange website

Other Information

  • 1979 vintage
  • 1 x 750mL unit
  • AUS - Multi-regional, South Australia
  • Cork closure
  • Label damaged. Please refer to photo.
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