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1975 Penfolds Grange Hermitage
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- ABV 13.4%
- Closure: Cork
Notes Sourced from The Rewards of Patience - Fifth Edition (2004):
Drinking Window: Now – 2010
Deep brick red. Savoury, wet bitumen/blackberry/mocha aromas. A thickly textured, muscular wine with farmyardy/bitumen flavours, plenty of concentration and grippy tannins. A dark horse.
90% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley andCoonawarra. A cool summer was followed by a mild, dry vintage.
Notes Sourced from Southcorp Wines.
Regional sources: Kalimna (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley & Coonawarra
Grape varieties: 90% Shiraz & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 13.4% Total acids: 5.8 grams per litre. pH: 3.85
Growing season/vintage: Cool summer followed by a mild, dry vintage.
Comments: Considered a good but tannic Grange. Won two gold and five other medals at Australian wine shows between 1976 and 1981. The year Max Schubert retired from his post of Chief Winemaker, although he remained a consultant to Penfolds and kept an office at Magill until his death in 1994. He was succeeded as Chief Winemaker by Don Ditter, who had worked with Penfolds as a winemaker since 1946.
Tasting notes:size> Colour: dense purple-black. Bouquet: immense spicy hermitage with Rhúne-like structure. Palate: a giant black/tannic wine with astonishing spicy flavour and depth. Not totally balanced at this stage because of that tannin. (James Halliday, National Times, Nov. 1982)