A complete, 63-vintage set, 1951-2013 inclusive, of Penfolds Grange sold for a record $332,608...
About Penfolds Grange
Penfolds Grange – created by Max Schubert in 1951 – is a beautifully seductive, richly concentrated wine which evokes the spirit of the Australian landscape; its natural affinity with Shiraz and Penfolds remarkable winemaking philosophy. 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, finegrained American oak. Partial barrel fermentation takes place at the tailend of primary fermentation (at 2-3 degrees Baume). It weaves the two elements together producing a “meaty” complexity and roundness of flavours on the palate. A portion of Cabernet is added in some years to further enhance aromatics and palate structure. The 1999, 2000 and 2001 vintages, however, are all 100% Shiraz.
Grange has legendary cellaring potential and is a cornerstone of the secondary wine market. The best vintage can last for 50 years (and perhaps beyond). Australians – from all walks of life – are extremely proud of this iconic wine and what it stands for. Penfolds Grange is an Australian icon, a National Trust Heritage-listed wine which captures both a “sense of country” and the essence of Australian agricultural ingenuity and innovation. The story of Grange is steeped in Australian ethos. Max Schubert is an Australian folk hero – a man who battled against the odds and then succeeded in creating one of the very great wines of the world.
Top Grange Vintages
The Grange market actually plays an important part in the psychology of Penfolds vintages. The best performing Penfolds vintages almost exactly follow recognized Grange Vintages. All Grange reviews by Andrew Caillard MW - Langton’s Andrew Caillard MW – who is also the author of the 6th edition of Penfolds Rewards of Patience – is a seasoned observer of Penfolds and the secondary wine market. As a specialist wine auctioneer at Langton’s – he has participated in some of the most memorable Australian wine auctions over the last twenty years. Please note all price estimates quoted are for bottles in excellent condition for age. The most extensive up-to-date Penfolds wine price data ($AUD), vintage and sales reports can be found at Langtons.
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