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Top Grange Vintages

1952, 1953, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1991,  1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006

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 www.langtons.com.au

Penfolds Grange 1951-2006

1951 | $35,000 - $45,000 | Shop now

The first experimental Grange and extremely rare. A valuable collector’s item because of its historical significance. Rare hand blown bottles. Largely the wine has a dull tawny colour and skeletal palate structure with little flesh and fading tannins. Very rare. 100% Shiraz.

1952 | $12,000 - $16,000 | Shop now

Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide) Blend. A hot, very dry growing season. 100 cases/3 Hogsheads made. Released as Bin 1. First commercial vintage. Medium deep brick red. Intense herb garden/ roasted meat aromas with some demi-glace/ wet bitumen notes. Sweet roasted meat/ demi-glace/ dark chocolate flavours and lacy fine tannins. Finishes dusty but long and sweet. Very rare. Well past its prime. 100% Shiraz. Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide) blend. Average growing season with normal rainfall conditions. Around 100/150 cases made at less than $1 a bottle at release. Some half bottle “pints” were also produced. Released as Bin 4 and Bin 4A.

1953 | $12,000 - $16,000 | Shop now

Medium brick red. Lovely fresh Provençal herbs/ violet/ mocha/ apricot aromas with hint of demi-glace/ polished leather. Remarkable old wine with complex roasted meat/ herb garden/ polished leather flavours and slinky dry tannins. This is a great Australian wine and still drinking beautifully. Very rare. 87% Shiraz 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide), Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa) Blend. 260 cases made. Some half bottles (375ml) were released. First vintage – and then uninterrupted - use of Kalimna fruit – hence the term “Mother Vineyard”. Released as Bin 2 (also Bins 10, 86C and 145).

1954 | $10,000 - $14,000 | Shop now

Medium brick red. The wine is now in decline. It’s showing lifted Amontillado/ demi-glace/ salty aromas and flavours. There’s still some fruit sweetness but the tannins are gritty and dry. A minerally finish with some cedar/ graphite notes. Still has some charm but well past its peak. Very rare. 98% Shiraz 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate (Adelaide), Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley) Blend. Internal criticism of Grange led Max Schubert to lighten the style slightly. Only nine months in oak. Cool to mild growing season followed by a mild to warm vintage. Released as Bin 11 and Bin 12.

1955 | $2,500 - $3,500 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Coffee/ mocha/ gamey/ grilled meat aromas with some camomile/ leather notes. Sweet meaty/ gamey/ mocha/ dark berry flavours and soft – slightly sappy green tannins. The fruit is beginning to fade now. A famously great vintage. Now quite rare. 90% Shiraz 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide), Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), McLaren Vale Blend. The most decorated Grange – winner of 12 trophies and 52 Gold medals on the Australian wine show circuit. Spent only 9 months in oak. A favourite of Max Schubert’s, partly because it won a gold medal in the open claret class at the 1962 Sydney Wine Show – some members of the judging panel had previously been vocally critical of the style. A mild to warm growing conditions – interrupted by above average rainfall. A warm dry vintage followed. Chosen by the US publication - Wine Spectator Magazine – as a “Wine of the Millenium”. Most common as a later release (after show success) is Bin 95 (also Bins 13, 14, 53, 54 and 148A).

1956 | $10,000 - $14,000 | Shop now

Medium brick red. Mocha/ molasses/ amontillado/ vellum aromas suggesting slight over-development. The palate is well concentrated with sweet mocha/ molasses flavours, fine grippy tannins. Finishes firm and tight with touch of saltiness. Past its best but still interesting. Very rare. 96% Shiraz 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide), Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley) Blend. Only nine months in oak. A cool mild growing season. Released as Bin 14 and Bin 53.

1957 | $10,000 - $14,000 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Fresh sea-breezy/ chocolate/ mint/ violet aromas with some herb garden notes. The fruit is beginning to fade but it still has some mint chocolate/ earthy flavours and fine chalky but pronounced tannins. The tannins build up quite leafy and dry at the finish. Just holding. Very rare. 88% Shiraz 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide), McLaren Vale Blend. A so-called “Hidden Grange” because the wine was made without the knowledge of Penfolds management – who had ordered Max Schubert to cease production. Matured in previous year’s Grange barrels. A mild dry growing season. Released as Bin 50 and Bin 113.

1958 | $8,000 - $12,000 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Very complex rich dark chocolate/ peat/ malt whisky/ herb garden aromas with some overdeveloped orange/ clove notes. Sweet fruit/ rich dark chocolate/ malty flavours and leafy/ gritty tannins. The fruit fades towards the finish leaving an austere slightly acidic finish. This is well past its prime but its holding firm. Very rare. 94% Shiraz 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide), Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale Blend. A “Hidden Grange”. Mild to warm growing season. Released as Bin 46 (also Bins 14, 47 and 49).

1959 | $2,500 - $3,500 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Dark cherry/ bitter chocolate/ demi-glace aromas with hint of malt/ marmalade. Sweet dark chocolate/ mocha/ herb garden flavours and fine grained chalky – almost stemmy tannins. Finishes oily dry but still has great flavour length. It’s starting to lose freshness. Rare. 90% Shiraz 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide), Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley) Blend. Cool to mild growing season followed by a warm dry vintage. Released as Bin 95 (also Bins 46 and 49).

1960 | $1,000 - $1,400 | Shop now

Medium brick red. Beautiful dark chocolate/ grilled meat/ herb garden aromas with some demi-glace/ apricot notes. The palate is well concentrated, developed and fresh with lovely fruit richness, demi-glace/ plum/ dark fruits/ apricot flavours and fine lacy/ chalky loose knit tannins. A lovely old wine. Finishes silky, minerally and long. Rare. 92% Shiraz 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide), Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley) Blend. A hot dry growing season. Released as Bin 95 (also as Bin 49).

1961 | $700 - $1,000 | Shop now

Medium brick red. Fresh bitter chocolate/ cedar/ almond/ bitumen aromas. Complex old wine with bitter dark chocolate/ bitumen/ tea leafy/ marmalade flavours and slinky dry tannins. Finishes long and sweet. Still holding. Rare. 88% Shiraz 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate/Morphett Vale/Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide), Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Coonawarra Blend. A hot dry growing season with hot vintage conditions. Released as Bin 95 (also as Bin 395).

1962 | $800 - $1,200 | Shop now

Deep red brick. Intense chocolate/ mocha/ menthol aromas with some herb garden/ demi-glace notes. Sweet mocha/ herb garden flavours/ chocolaty, fine grained tannins and underlying cedar/ vanillin notes. Finishes chalky firm, long and sweet. A very beautiful old vintage. Rare. 87% Shiraz 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate (Adelaide), Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Adelaide Hills Blend. Barossa Valley fruit becomes ascendant component. Ideal warm – fairly dry – growing season followed by a warm, dry vintage. Released as Bin 95 (also as Bins 59, 59A and 456).

1963 | $700 - $1,000 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Utterly superb wine with intense perfumed demi-glace/ rose-petal/ apricot/ camomile aromas. Rich chocolaty/ apricot/ demi-glace flavours and sweet velvety tannins. Finishes chalky firm with lovely fruit sweetness and flavour length. Outstanding – a very great wine. Will continue to hold for many years. Rare. 100% Shiraz. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate/Morphett Vale/Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide) Blend. A warm dry growing season. Released as Bin 95 (also as Bin 65).

1964 | $500 - $700 | Shop now

Medium brick red. Fresh herb garden/ camphor/ prune/ molasses aromas. The palate is sinewy and dry with leather/ walnut/ prune flavours and slinky/ leafy tannins. Finishes firm and long. Rare. 90% Shiraz 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Magill Estate (Adelaide), Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley Blend. A wet growing season followed by a fine cool vintage. Released as Bin 95 (also as Bins 395, 66, 67 and 68).

1965 | $500 - $700 | Shop now

Medium deep brick red. Intense earthy/ bitumen/ cedar/ marmalade aromas. Well concentrated but elegant wine with earthy/ dark chocolate/ cedar/ herb flavours and fine chalky/ chocolaty tannins. Finishes leafy firm. Rare. 95% Shiraz 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide), McLaren Vale Blend. Jimmy Watson Trophy Winner. A warm dry growing season. Released as Bin 95 (also as Bins 69, 70 and 71).

1966 | $500 - $700 | Shop now

Medium deep brick red. Lovely complex but fresh grilled meat/ mocha/ chocolate/ violet aromas. Archetypal Penfolds Grange with sweet meaty/ dark chocolate/ cedar/ graphite flavours, lovely mid plate richness and slinky firm loose knit tannins. Finishes long and sweet. Still has plenty of time ahead. Rare. 88% Shiraz 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide) Blend. A dry growing season was followed by an ideal warm vintage. Released as Bin 95 (also as Bins 71 and 72).

1967 | $600 - $800 | Shop now

Medium deep brick red. Fresh meaty/ mint/ Provençal herb aromas with touches of plum/ liquorice. The palate is elegantly structured with meaty/ ground coffee/ mint flavours and fine grainy slightly leafy tannins. Finishes chalky firm but long and fruit sweet. Increasingly rare. 94% Shiraz 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide) Blend. A warm dry growing season. Won the Jimmy Watson trophy at the Melbourne Show – for a second time. A generally dry growing season followed by a warm vintage. Released as Bin 95 (also Bin 74) .

1968 | $400 - $600 | Shop now

Medium brick red. Intense fragrant herb garden/ mocha/ cedar aromas with some earthy/ rustic notes. Complex cedar/ herb garden/ rustic flavours with leafy firm tannins and underlying malt oak. Finishes brambly dry. Drink up. Increasingly rare. 94% Shiraz 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide), Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra Blend. A hot dry vintage with only intermittent rains during the growing season. Released as Bin 95 (also as Bin 826).

1969 | $400 - $500 | Shop now

Medium brick red. Lovely fragrant dark chocolate/ mocha/ red berry aromas with some meaty complexity. Fresh richly concentrated wine with plenty of dark chocolate/ mocha redcurrant flavours and fine slinky dry tannins. Builds up a touch sappy at the finish. Finishes long and sweet. Drink up. 95% Shiraz 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate/Morphett Vale (Adelaide), Clare Valley, Coonawarra Blend. Mild, wet conditions prevailed during the growing season and vintage. Released as Bin 95 (also a Bin 826).

1970 | $300 - $400 | Shop now

Medium brick red. Intense liquorice/ polished leather/ black olive/ Provençal herb aromas. Well developed savoury and sweet palate with black olive/ polished leather/ herbal flavours and fine cedary tannins. Drink soon. 90% Shiraz 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide) Blend. A dry mild growing season and vintage. Standardisation of Bin numbers starts – all vintages are now released as Bin 95.

1971 | $600 - $850 | Shop now

Medium deep brick red. A classic Penfolds year with an unusually low alcohol of around 12.3%. An immensely complex and mature wine with lifted smoked meat/ dark chocolate/ mocha/ liquorice aromas. A silky smooth wine with rich dark chocolate/ espresso coffee/ tobacco/ cedar flavours, underlying vanillin nuances and fine lacy satin tannins. Finishes sinuous, long and bitter sweet. 87% Shiraz 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide), Clare Valley, Coonawarra Blend. “If you had to point to a wine which fulfilled the ambitions of Grange it would have to be the 1971.” – Max Schubert, 1993. Topped the Gault-Millau Wine Olympiad in Paris in 1979 – beating some of the best Rhone wines and creating a sensation. A great South Australian vintage; ideal, generally warm conditions throughout the growing season and vintage. Alcohol originally stated 11.5% but records and analysis reveal 12.3%.

1972 | $280 - $350 | Shop now

Medium deep brick red. Lovely cedar/ sweet fruit/ hazelnut/ polished leather aromas. The palate is well concentrated with plenty of fruit sweetness/ mocha/ polished leather/ hazelnut/ walnut flavours and fine lacy cedary tannins. A controversial vintage, but often brilliant. 90% Shiraz 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate/Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide), Coonawarra Blend. A very good Grange vintage – but a batch was unintentionally oxidized during bottling – resulting in significant bottle variation. A mild dry growing season and vintage.

1973 | $300 - $380 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Evolved meaty/ prune/ molasses aromas with some mint/ menthol notes. Richly flavoured but quite rustic with prune/ meaty flavours and leafy/ brambly tannins. Still has plenty of flavour length. 98% Shiraz 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate/Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide) Blend. A dry growing season followed by a cool vintage. Last vintage made in open wax-lined concrete fermenters (completed in barrel) at Magill Estate.

1974 | $400 - $500 | Shop now

Medium deep brick red. Intense seaweed/ iodine/ prune aromas with some herb garden/ orange peel notes. Sweet prune/ herb garden/ marmalade flavours and slinky dry tannins. Finishes surprisingly long but the fruit is overdeveloped. 93% Shiraz 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide) Blend. Winemaking transferred to Nuriootpa. Vinification in stainless steel tanks – completed in barrel. A very wet growing season made more difficult by the outbreak of downy mildew just prior to harvest.

1975 | $260 - $350 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Intense aniseed/ liquorice/ dark fruit/ mocha aromas. Lovely concentrated wine with dark fruit/ mocha flavours, underlying miso-soup/ savoury oak and dry chalky touch muscular tannins. Finishes very firm and hard but it has plenty of flavour length. A “dark horse” vintage. 90% Shiraz 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Coonawarra Blend. A cool summer was followed by a mild dry vintage.

1976 | $550 - $650 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Intense dark chocolate/ mocha/ liquorice aromas with some roasted/ earthy/ meaty notes. The palate is concentrated and sweet fruited with deep set dark chocolate/ mocha/ prune/ liquorice flavours and fine sinewy firm tannins. Regarded as a great Grange vintage, but bottles are increasingly variable. The best bottles have levels at base or into the neck or have passed successfully through Penfolds Wine Clinics. 89% Shiraz 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate/Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide). The 25th Anniversary of Grange. Max Schubert considered it “More in the old style: a good vintage”. The first Australian wine to cross the $20 barrier. An ideal warm dry growing season.

1977 | $330 - $450 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Fresh blackberry/ camphor/ cedar/ herb garden aromas. Complex cedar/ blackberry/ apricot flavours, slinky fine tannins and underlying savoury oak. Finishes powdery dry. Drink soon. 91% Shiraz 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide), Clare Valley Blend. Cool mild condition prevailed during the growing season.

1978 | $360 - $450 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Mocha/ blackberry aromas with some demi-glace/ vellum/ menthol nuances. Lovely concentrated wine with plenty of sweet fruit/ mocha/ blackberry/ camomile/ graphite flavours and chocolaty fine tannins. Builds up dense and chalky but possesses lovely minerality and flavour length. This is a very good Grange year. Probably drinking at its very best now. 90% Shiraz 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide), McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra Blend. A warm dry growing season followed by mild vintage conditions.

1979 | $300 - $370 | Magnum $2000-$2600 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Fresh blackberry/ redcurrant/ chocolate/ prune aromas with some vanilla notes. A solid wine with redcurrant/ back fruit/ dark chocolate/ panne forte flavours and powerful chocolaty tannins. Finishes hard with some smoky/ bitumen notes. 87% Shiraz 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide), McLaren Vale Blend. An unusual wet – but hot - growing season. Magnums first released. Last vintage bottles using off-white foil capsules.

1980 | $280 - $350 | Magnum $1000-$1500 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Fresh minty/ bitumen/ menthol/ earthy aromas. The palate is elegant with sweet mocha/ cedar/ mint flavours and slinky/ leafy tannins. It finishes sinewy and dry but long and flavourful. 96% Shiraz 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide), McLaren Vale, Coonawarra Blend. A fine warm growing season followed by cool but late vintage.

1981 | $280 - $350 | Magnum $1000-$1500 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Earthy/ meaty/ cedar/ demi-glace aromas with some farmyard/ silage characters. Sweet liquorice/ meaty/ cedar/ graphite flavours and fine, loose knit chalky tannins. Finishes firm and tight. 89% Shiraz 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate/Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide), Clare Valley, Coonawarra Blend. A warm hot – drought affected – summer followed by a warm dry vintage.

1982 | $280 - $330 | Magnum $900-$1100 | Shop now

Deep brick red. Perfumed red cherry/ redcurrant/ tea leaf/ aromas with some raisin notes. Rich red cherry/ damson plum/ tea leafy flavours with fine slinky/ chocolaty tannins and underlying savoury notes. An idiosyncratic Grange at its peak of development. 94% Shiraz 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate/Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide), Clare Valley Blend. A mild growing season followed by a hot vintage.

1983 | $300 - $350 | Magnum $1200-$1500 | Shop now

Deep crimson. An intense herb garden/ mocha/ cedar aromas with smoky/ graphite nuances. Ripe dark chocolate/ mocha fruit, underlying savoury oak and ripe fine slinky tannins. Finishes firm with plenty of flavour length. 94% Shiraz 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide), Modbury Vineyard Blend. A bizarre growing season marked by drought, the Ash Wednesday bushfires and March flooding. A very low yielding vintage resulting in wine of immense concentration.

1984 | $250 - $300 | Magnum $900-$1100 | Shop now

Deep crimson. Evolved mocha/ dark berry aromas with cedar/ menthol notes. Ripe concentrated wine with deep set mocha/ dark berry fruit, underlying malt oak characters and chocolaty firm tannins. Very dense plush wine with plenty of fruit sweetness and flavour length. Drinking beautifully now. 95% Shiraz 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide), McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra Blend. A cool growing season followed by a cool dry late vintage.

1985 | $250 - $300 | Magnum $900-$1100 | Shop now

Deep crimson. Intense espresso/ herb garden/ cedar aromas with some developed walnut notes. The palate is richly concentrated with dark chocolate/ herb/ cedar/ malt flavours and sinewy/ savoury dry tannins. Finishes firm and tight. 99% Shiraz 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide) Blend. Cool to mild growing season and vintage – punctuated by intermittent rains. Late rains delayed picking.

1986 | $300 - $350 | Magnum $1400-$1100 | Shop now

Deep crimson. Intense dark liquorice/ mocha/ cedar/ sweet fruit aromas with malty/ smoky oak notes. A richly extravagant palate with complex liquorice/ deep set mocha-berry flavours and dense ripe fruit. Finishes chalky firm but superbly long and flavourful. A great Grange still on the ascendancy. 87% Shiraz 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide) Blend. A mild relatively dry growing season and vintage. An important and very successful vintage.

1987 | $260 - $330 | Magnum $800-$1100 | Shop now

Medium crimson. Intense menthol/ dark chocolate/ mocha/ herb aromas. Sweet dark chocolate/ minty/ herb garden flavours, underlying malty new oak and sinewy/ sappy tannins. Finishes very firm and dry. 90% Shiraz 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale Blend. A cool vintage – marked but October hailstorms – and variable yields.

1988 | $280 - $350 | Magnum $800-$1100 | Shop now

Medium crimson. Lovely mocha/ redcurrant/ brambly/ roasted aromas with underlying vanilla/ menthol notes. Well concentrated wine with mocha/ demi-glace/ vanilla/ menthol flavours and savoury, dry, soupy tannins. Finishes chalky firm. 94% Shiraz 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Padthaway, McLaren Vale Blend. Ideal growing season followed by a warm dry vintage.

1989 | $260 - $35 | Magnum $700-$900 | Shop now

Medium crimson. Fresh aromatic redcurrant/ musky/ tea leaf aromas with some liquorice. Sweet redcurrant confit/ blackcurrant pastille flavours, plenty of fruit sweetness, underlying vanillin oak and chocolaty, dense dry tannins. 91% Shiraz 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale Blend. Extreme heat and heavy March rains followed an ideal warm growing season.

1990 | $500 - $600 | Magnum $1500-$1800 | Shop now

Deep crimson. An ethereal wine with blackberry/ plum/ chocolate/ liquorice aromas and plenty of mocha/ malt oak notes. A rich ripe immensely concentrated wine with generous, sweet blackberry/ plum/ dark chocolate flavours, mocha oak, some earthy flavours and velvety smooth tannins. Finishes long and chocolaty. A superb Grange 95% Shiraz 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra Blend. Voted Red Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator magazine in December 1995. A very great Australian vintage with a perfect warm dry growing season and harvest.

1991 | $330 - $400 | Magnum $1000-$1300 | Shop now

Deep crimson. A lovely wine with intense liquorice/ vanilla/ dark chocolate/ dark berry with some cedar notes. A dense, multi-layered palate with plenty of sweet dark chocolate/ malt flavours, cedary tannins and underlying new oak. Finishes chalky firm. Lies in the shadow of 1990 but a great Grange vintage. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale Blend. A warm dry year with even ripening conditions. Vintage started early.

1992 | $280 - $330 | Magnum $800-$1200 | Shop now

Deep crimson. Ripe blackcurrant pastille/ dark chocolate/ Provençal herb aromas. The palate is well concentrated with pure blackcurrant/ dark cherry flavours, savoury/ malty oak and long fine grainy/ cedary tannins. Finishes long and bitter sweet. An elegantly structured Grange with a good future. 90% Shiraz 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale Blend. A cool to mild growing season marked by intermittent rains.

1993 | $260 - $340 | Magnum $900-$1200 | Shop now

Deep crimson. Redcurrant/ silage aromas with some graphite/ smoky/ gamey notes. An early drinking Grange with redcurrant/ earthy flavours, dense soupy – slightly sappy tannins and malt new oak. Finishes chalky/ grippy firm. A sweet and savoury wine. 86% Shiraz 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Coonawarra Blend. A very wet growing season was followed by warm drier conditions resulting in a very late but sound quality vintage fruit. An Indian Summer in Coonawarra delivered fully ripened fruit.

1994 | $280 - $350 | Magnum $800-$1200 | Shop now

Medium deep crimson. Lovely roasted coffee/ black cherry/ mocha aromas with hint of fresh mint/ herb. A beautifully balanced wine with deep set blackberry/ mocha/ espresso coffee/ sweet fruit flavours and fine dense tannins. Finishes oaky dry but long and sweet. 89% Shiraz 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, Coonawarra Blend. A dry mild even-ripening vintage in the Barossa; intermittent rains – but mild conditions - in McLaren Vale and a warm dry autumn in Coonawarra delivered a very high quality vintage. A vintage which has gained considerable notice recent years.

1995 | $280 - $340 | Magnum $800-$1000 | Shop now

Deep crimson. Intense blackcurrant/ liquorice/ herb garden aromas with underlying savoury oak, A substantial wine with prune/cassis flavours, plentiful firm dry tannins and strong malty new oak. Finishes leafy/ grippy but long and sweet. Powerful rather than polished. 94% Shiraz 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide) Blend. A period of drought and September frosts reduced potential yields. Warm dry conditions prevailed until late March/early April when a cooler weather pattern marked by drizzle set in.

1996 | $360 - $410  | Magnum $1000-$1200 | Shop now

Deep crimson. Lovely fresh beautiful wine with crimson plum/ blackcurrant aromas with some liquorice/ mocha notes. The palate is generous and supple with fresh plum/ blackcurrant flavours, ripe fine grained tannins and savoury/ grilled nut oak. Finishes chalky firm but long and sweet. Superbly balanced wine. A great vintage. Best to hold. 94% Shiraz 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Magill Estate (Adelaide) Blend. After superb winter rainfall soil moistures improved. This was followed by mild, dry weather conditions – resulting in a vintage of exceptional quality.

1997 | $280 - $340 | Magnum $700-$1000 | Shop now

Deep crimson. Liquorice/ blueberry/ dark chocolate/ herb garden aromas with some smoky notes. The palate is fruit sweet and concentrated with dark chocolate/ liquorice flavours and fine slinky/ chalky dry tannins. Malty oak characters pervade at the finish. 96% Shiraz 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Bordertown Blend. Late spring rains followed a wet winter. Generally dry cool conditions prevailed during October and November. A hot burst of weather arrived during summer but cooler temperatures and a week of rain during February slowed down ripening. A warm dry period followed over vintage.

1998 | $440 - $520 | Magnum $1200-$1600 | Shop now

Deep crimson. A really beautiful wine with deep set blackberry/ dark chocolate/ mocha/ apricot aromas and underlying cedar complexity. An immensely concentrated and powerful wine with plush blackberry/ dark chocolate/ apricot flavours, fine dense ripe velvety tannins and beautifully season toasty/ malt oak. Finishes long and sweet. A great vintage. 97% Shiraz 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide), Padthaway Blend. A mild early growing season was followed by very hot, dry weather with virtually all damwater reserves exhausted. An exceptional vintage.

1999 | $330 - $400 |> Magnum $900-$1600 | Shop now

Deep purple crimson. Dark juicy blackberry/ mulberry/ herb garden aromas with malty/ savoury oak. Lovely concentrated palate with deep set blackberry/ mulberry/ apricot/ herb garden/ graphite fruit, mocha oak and chalky firm tannins. Finishes long, sweet and savoury. A beautifully balanced wine. 100% shiraz. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate (Adelaide) McLaren Vale, Padthaway Blend. Dry winter conditions were followed by intermittent rains. Rain fell during November and December but just enough to maintain healthy vines. The Barossa and McLaren Vale experienced heavy rains in March and ripening slowed. Despite this, vineyards with good drainage produced fruit of exceptional quality. Padthaway escaped the burden of March rain and experienced a great vintage.

2000 | $350 - $400 | Magnum $1000-$1200 | Shop now

Deep crimson. Intense brambly/ ginger/ redcurrant/ raspberry/ blueberry aromas with hint of demi-glace/ malt. A very fruit driven fleshy wine with redcurrant/ raspberry/ brambly flavours and fine grainy tannins. Finishes minerally and long. A very moderate vintage. 100% Barossa Valley Shiraz. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley Blend. After a dry cool spring and a warm – sometimes hot summer – rains fell in late February/March resulting in a difficult year. A stop-start vintage.

2001 | $330 - $400 | Magnum $1200-$1400 | Shop now

Deep crimson. Intense liquorice/ redcurrant/ cedar aromas with some blackcurrant pastille notes. The palate is richly concentrated, fresh and fruit sweet with redcurrant/ liquorice flavours and chalky firm leafy tannins. It’s a touch soupy but it has good depth of fruit and flavour length. 100% Barossa Valley Shiraz. 50% Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), 50% Barossa Valley. Winter rains replenished soil moistures which sustained vineyards during a very hot, dry summer – marked sometimes by extreme heat. By late February/March cool dry temperatures prevailed stabilising baume levels.

2002 | $400 - $500 | Magnum $1000-$1300 | Shop now

Deep crimson purple. Inky/ blackberry essence/ liquorice/ aniseed aromas with plenty of malt/ cedar oak. An immensely concentrated silky textured wine with saturated and juicy blackberry/ meaty/ cedar/ mocha flavours and fine supple tannins. Finishes long and sinuous. A great Grange. 98.5% Shiraz 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 50% Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), 50% Barossa Valley. A long, cool summer with intermittent rains was followed by a cool dry summer and a warm, dry autumn. A great vintage.

2003  | $400 - $500 | Magnum $1000-$1300 | Shop now

Deep purple crimson. Intense rhubarb/ elderberry/ vanillin aniseed aromas with hint of tobacco leaf. The palate is sweet and fleshy with generous elderberry/ black cherry/ liquorice flavours, underlying malty oak and fine slinky dry tannins. Finishes grippy firm. 96.5% Shiraz 3.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Coonawarra, Magill (Adelaide) Blend. A season of extremes. Drought conditions prevailed over spring and summer. The hot dry weather was interrupted by heavy rainfall in February. A difficult vintage relying strongly on multi-district fruit selection.

2004 | Shop now

Deep purple crimson. Fresh buoyant blackberry/ elderberry/ blueberry/ spice aromas with some vanilla oak nuances. A very concentrated and powerful wine with deepset blackberry/ elderberry fruit, well-balanced vanilla/ malt oak and chocolaty fine tannins. Finishes chalky firm with superb flavour length. A superb Grange Vintage. Released in 2009. 96% Shiraz 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Barossa Valley (including substantial proportion of Kalimna Shiraz), McLaren Vale, Magill (Adelaide) Blend. An excellent year. Beneficial winter and spring rains were followed by cool to mild conditions over summer. Ripening accelerated through a warm Indian summer resulting in near perfect fruit. A great Grange Vintage.

2005 | Shop now

Deep purple crimson. Cranberry/ rhubarb/ herb garden aromas with plenty of nutmeg/ malty seasoned new American oak. A very elemental wine with ripe cranberry/ blackberry pastille/ fruit sweet flavours, dense, grippy tannins and plenty of malty new oak characters. Finishes long and sweet. Released in 2010. Will need time to unfold. 95.9% Shiraz 4.1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Barossa Valley (including substantial proportion of Kalimna Shiraz), McLaren Vale, Coonawarra Blend. A good even vintage. Regular rainfall fell through winter into early spring establishing good soil moistures and dam levels. Mild conditions followed by a dry late summer and autumn lead to optimum fruit ripeness.

2006 | Shop now

Deep inky purple crimson. Intense brooding blackberry/ dark chocolate/ spice/ roasted aromas with mocha/ toasted malt oak. A very youthful, powerful and balanced wine with concentrated generous blackberry/ dark mocha flavours, dense supple/ chocolaty tannins and plenty of new malty/ cedar oak. Finishes chalky firm with remarkable flavour length. Released in 2011. 98% Shiraz 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. 98% Barossa Valley (including significant contributions from Kalimna and Koonunga Hill Vineyard), 2% Magill Estate (Adelaide) Blend. A fine Grange vintage, but a short, difficult season. Good winter and spring rainfalls were followed by mild warm conditions over summer. 50mm of rain at the end of February and a warm burst of weather accelerated ripening. While it rained during vintage, the overall quality of the fruit was excellent.