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1959 Penfolds Grange Hermitage
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- Closure: Cork
Notes sourced from Southcorp.
Grape Varieties: A blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon the fruit was sourced from Magill and Morphett Vale (Adelaide) and Kalimna (Barossa Valley).
Vintage Conditions: Cool to mild growing season followed by a generally warm vintage.
Tasting notes:size> Last of the three "hidden" Granges made in secret by Max Schubert following a company order to cease production. Matured in used barrels as new oak was unavailable. Often criticised for volatility. Generally considered a lesser Grange.
Soft, fairly ripe fruit with low tannin; well balanced and holding well but without the complexity one expects. (James Halliday, National Times, Nov. 1982)
Fully matured, lighter in colour. While lacking complex oak, it is well balanced and drinking well. (Rewards of Patience, 1st ed., 1985)
Fairly mellow and lightening in hue but in drinkable condition. (Huon Hooke, Red Wine Clinic, Sydney 1992)
"The third and last ‘hidden’ Grange, made in secret but released commercially after the ban was lifted. Well-cellared bottles are holding up remarkably well. Drink now." (Southcorp Wines, The Rewards of Patience, Fourth Edition, March 2000)