The Penfolds Grange Collection 1951 – 2010

What makes this collection so special

 
Rare vintage
1951

Producer's Notes

The 1951 vintage was not commercially. Referred to as the experimental Grange the 1951 vintage is extremely rare, and is a valuable collector’s item because of its historical significance and hand-blown bottles. Penfolds 1951 Grange is Australia’s most sought-after wine collectable, with a single bottle worth more than $30,000 in early 2000. Bottles were labelled Bin number 1. The wine itself might still have fruit sweetness and flavour finish. 160 cases produced.

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Alc Content

13,5%

Rare vintage
1952

Producer's Notes

First vintage of Grange to be released commercially. Only 150 cases were produced and today the wine is a collector’s item because of its rarity and historical significance. Lovely rich flavour wine with sweet roasted meat, dark chocolate, leather flavours and fine supple satin tannins. Finishes silky sweet and long. Released as Bin 4 and Bin 4A.

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Alc Content

13%

Rare vintage
1953

Producer's Notes

The only Grange Canernet Sauvignon ever released. The aroma is still fresh–cedar, tobacco, mature cabernet at its highest level. Aristocratic in its stature. It touches the tongue with a cloud of currant flavor that lasts for minutes. Ethereal and endless. Astonishing wine, with years ahead of it still.

Grape Variety

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13%

vintage
1953

Producer's Notes

Second vintage of Grange to be released commercially and the first to use grapes from Penfolds’ prized Kalimna vineyard in the Barossa Valley. An exceptionally long-lived Grange. It is a beautiful, velvet-textured wine with sweet-fruit, roasted meat, mocha, herb and leather flavours and loose-knit, slinky dry tannins. This wine is still drinking brilliantly well and is considered one of the best Granges ever produced. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 2, 10, 86C.

Grape Variety

87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,8%

Rare vintage
1954

Producer's Notes

Penfolds 1954 Grange is extremely rare – a curio and valuable collector’s item. It is showing some sandal wood, meaty, fig and earthy aromas. The palate is elegant and gracefully fading with some sweetness of fruit, dry, slightly gritty tannins and minerally, graphite, smoky finish. Internal criticism of Grange led Max Schubert to lighten the style slightly and the 1954 had only about nine months in oak.

Grape Variety

98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,2%

Rare vintage
1955

Producer's Notes

The most decorated Grange – winner of twelve trophies and 52 gold medals on the Australian wine show circuit. Chosen by US publication Wine Spectator magazine as a Wine of the Millenium. A famously great vintage, now quite rare. It is a fleshy, supple, smooth wine with mature meaty, gamy and mochas flavours and satin-textured tannins with a long fruit sweet finish.

Grape Variety

90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13%

Rare vintage
1956

Producer's Notes

Penfolds 1956 Grange is extremely rare – a curio and valuable collector’s item. Well cellared bottles may show fully developed fruit and lacy tannins. The palate is well concentrated wit mature, sweet mocha, meaty flavours. A ‘lighter’ Grange which spent less time (about nine months) in oak and was bottled early. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 14 and 53. The 1955 included a small amount (4 per cent) of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Grape Variety

96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13%

Rare vintage
1957

Producer's Notes

A so called hidden Grange vintage. Matured in previous year’s Grange barrels. Wine exhibits fresh dark chocolate, mint and herb aromas. A firmly structured wine with earthy, minty flavours and cedary, leafy tannins. There is still plenty of fruit sweetness and mid-palate richness.

Grape Variety

88% Shiraz and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,6%

Rare vintage
1958

Producer's Notes

Second of the three ‘hidden’ or ‘secret’ Granges made by Max Schubert in defiance of a company order to cease production. The wine was matured in the previous year’s Grange barrels as new oak was not available. Bottles were labelled Bin numbers 46, 47 and 49. Intense earthy, sandalwood, roasted chestnut, demi-glace, pip tobacco aromas and flavours. Well concentrated, silky and harmonious.

Grape Variety

94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,6%

Rare vintage
1959

Producer's Notes

Last of the three ‘hidden’ or ‘secret’ Granges made by Max Schubert in defiance of a company order to cease production. The wine was released commercially after the ban was lifted. New oak was not used in these three ‘secret’ vintages. Bottles were labeled Bin numbers 46, 49 and 95. Compex fragrant praline, nougat, redcurrant aromas and hints of mint and graphite. Plenty of palate richness and fine chewy tannins.

Grape Variety

90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,5%

Rare vintage
1960

Producer's Notes

Grange production officially resumed with this vintage, following a company order in 1956 to stop. Max Schubert defied the order and continued to produce Grange in secret for three years (1957-1959). Bottles of Penfolds 1960 Grange are becoming increasingly rare. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 49 and 95. Intense panforte, dark chocolate, molasses aromas with spice. Well concentrated palate with satin textured tannins and savoury character.

Grape Variety

92% Shiraz and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,8%

Rare vintage
1961

Producer's Notes

This is the first Grange to use grapes from the cool-climate Coonawarra district, in South Australia’s far south-east. The wine won two gold and three silver medals in Australian wine shows between 1963 and 1968. This vintage Grange is becoming increasingly rare. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 95 and 395. Sandalwood, chocolate, cedar and fine graphite tannins. Muscular with great freshness, generousity and persistency of fruit.

Grape Variety

88% Shiraz and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,7%

Rare vintage
1962

Producer's Notes

After the 1955, this is the second most successful Grange in Australian wine shows with four trophies and 20 gold, 10 silver and three bronze medals. This vintage Grange is becoming increasingly rare. Bottles with good levels and appearance are invariably drinking well. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 59, 95, 456, 59A. Complex dark chocolate, espresso, mocha and blackberry notes. Impressively mature with claret-like structure.

Grape Variety

87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,2%

Rare vintage
1963

Producer's Notes

An exceptionally long-lived Grange. A beautifully proportioned wine and a classic Grange. Winner of four gold, two silver and one bronze medal between 1964 and 1968. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 65 and 95. A magnificent wine with intense earthy, dark chocolate, cedar aromas. Powerful palate with deep-set dark cherry, dark chocolate, fine grained tannins. Velvety and long.

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Alc Content

13,3%

vintage
1964

Producer's Notes

The 1964 Grange won a trophy, four gold and three other medals in 1968 and 1969. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 95, 395, 66, 67 and 68. Well concentrated with panforte, sweet fruit flavours and mint.

Grape Variety

90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,8%

vintage
1965

Producer's Notes

The 1965 Grange won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy, awarded to the best one-year-old red at the Melbourne Wine Show, in 1966.(The 1967 Grange won the same trophy two years later). Also won two more gold and six other medals between 1966 and 1973. Bottles from the 1965 vintage were labelled Bin numbers 69, 70, 71 and 95.

Grape Variety

95% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,2%

vintage
1966

Producer's Notes

Classic style with dark berry aromas, mocha, espresso, mint and cedar. Gorgeously concentrated. The 1966 Grange won four golds and five other medals at Australian shows between 1969 and 1980. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 71, 72 and 95.

Grape Variety

88% Shiraz and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,4%

vintage
1967

Producer's Notes

The 1967 Grange won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy, awarded to the best one-year-old red at the Melbourne Wine Show, in 1968. (The 1965 Grange won the same trophy two years previously). First Grange to use grapes from South Australia’s Clare Valley. Thought of as a lighter style. Max Schubert considered it under-rated and excellent. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 74 and 95.

Grape Variety

94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,7%

vintage
1968

Producer's Notes

Seductive, smooth, rich panforte, praline and soy flavours with al dente texture. The 1968 Grange won a trophy, six golds and five other medals between 1968 and 1973. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 826 and 95.

Grape Variety

94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,1%

vintage
1969

Producer's Notes

Well concentrated and mature with dark chocolate and amontillado flavours. Considered a very successful wine from a difficult vintage. It won five trophies, six gold, six silver and two bronze medals between 1969 and 1975. Bottles labelled Bin numbers 826 and 95.

Grape Variety

95% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,4%

vintage
1970

Producer's Notes

Concentrated with walnut, praline, fresh dark truffle and hints of herb garden. Despite carrying many different Bin numbers in the early years, Grange was always labelled Bin 95 from the 1970 vintage. This wine is a favourite of Don Ditter, who worked at Penfolds from 1946 and succeeded Max Schubert as Chief Winemaker in 1975.

Grape Variety

90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

11,5%

Top vintage
1971

Producer's Notes

‘If you had to point to a wine which fulfilled all the ambitions of Grange, it would have to be 1971,’ said Max Schubert in 1993. ‘It was a great wine from a vintage that was great throughout South Australia’. This wine created a sensation when it won gold and topped its class at the Gault-Millau Wine Olympiad in Paris in 1979, beating the best Rhone Valley wines. It also won a trophy, four gold, four silver and five bronze medals at Australian wine shows between 1971 and 1982.

Grape Variety

87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,3%

vintage
1972

Producer's Notes

Beautifully textured with cedar, sweet fruit, apricot, and fine tannins. The wine won a gold and four other medals at Australian wine shows in 1973, 1976 and 1977. Another outstanding vintage for Grange.

Grape Variety

90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12%

vintage
1973

Producer's Notes

This was the last wine completely made in the open, wax-lined concrete fermenters at the Magill winery in Adelaide. Subsequent vintages have been made at Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley. Considered a good wine from an undistinguished vintage. Nevertheless, it won a trophy, five gold, four silver and six bronze medals between 1974 and 1982.

Grape Variety

98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,4%

vintage
1974

Producer's Notes

Considered a good wine from one of the most difficult vintages in memory. It was future Chief Winemaker John Duval’s first vintage with Penfolds and the first Grange to be made at Nuriootpa and fermented in stainless steel. All previous vintages were made in the open concrete fermenters at the Magill winery. Winner of a trophy, four gold and three other medals at Australian wine shows from 1976 to 1989.

Grape Variety

93% Shiraz and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,1%

vintage
1975

Producer's Notes

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. Penfolds 1975 Grange won two gold and five other medals at Australian wine shows between 1976 and 1981.

Grape Variety

90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,4%

Top vintage
1976

Producer's Notes

The 25th anniversary of Grange. Max Schubert considered it ‘More in the old style: a good vintage’. The first Australian wine to cross the AU $20 barrier. No other red wine in Australia can rival the reputation, consistent quality or proven development pattern of Penfolds Grange. The unique and distinctive Grange style is based on ripe Shiraz fruit and stylish American oak in fine harmony.

Grape Variety

89% Shiraz and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,9%

vintage
1977

Producer's Notes

The last Grange to be entered in Australian wine shows, winning silver medals in 1981 and 1982. By this time Grange was firmly established in Australia and had nothing further to gain from show success. The wine was also too easy to recognise.

Grape Variety

91% Shiraz and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,5%

vintage
1978

Producer's Notes

This is a very good Grange year. A lovely concentrated wine with plenty of sweet fruit, mocha and grafite flavours. Builds up dense and chalky at the finish, but the fruit follows through with excellent persistence.

Grape Variety

90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,3%

vintage
1979

Producer's Notes

Last vintage bottled using off-white foil capsules. First vintage to be bottled in magnums (1500ml) as well as standard 750ml bottles. Approximately, 600 magnums are bottled each year.

Grape Variety

87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,9%

vintage
1980

Producer's Notes

A very well balanced Grange. The palate elegantly proportioned with rich, generous, dark berry, chedar and mint flavours and silky tannins. It finishes long and flavourful.

Grape Variety

96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,5%

vintage
1981

Producer's Notes

A combination of rich, fleshy, chocolaty and smoky flavours are balanced with pronounced tannins and length, resulting in a wine of immense concentration and powerful structure.

Grape Variety

89% Shiraz and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

12,6%

vintage
1982

Producer's Notes

Very ripe, sweet plums jam aromas. Vanilla and mint characters with a hint of leafiness. Masses of delicious super-fleshy fruit throughout, very elegant and supple but undeniably a full bodied wine with an assertive tannin finish.

Grape Variety

94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,5%

Top vintage
1983

Producer's Notes

A highly concentrated wine showing pronounced extract and tannins balanced with sweet plummy fruit and showing some ‘cigar box’ characters.

Grape Variety

94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,3%

vintage
1984

Producer's Notes

A big, rich, and balanced wine. The palate is elegant, with cedary, chocolaty, tobacco-like flavours and supple tannins.

Grape Variety

95% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14,2%

vintage
1985

Producer's Notes

Sweetly scented with coconut, cherry,  ripe plum and berry fruit aromas with a hint of mint.  Sweet, spicy plum and cherry-like flavours combine with pronounced, gripping tannins.

Grape Variety

99% Shiraz and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,1%

Top vintage
1986

Producer's Notes

The 1986 Penfolds Grange has a red star rating in the Penfolds Rewards of Patience, Sixth edition. Red stars are awarded to those wines that are considered to be an exceptional vintage.

Grape Variety

87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,9%

vintage
1987

Producer's Notes

Typical of Grange showing strong rich, berry fruit and minty characters with smoky oak overtones. Full, firm, rich palate with excellent concentration of sweet plum and cherry-like fruit, vanillin oak flavours and soft, mouth filling tannins.

Grape Variety

90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,1%

vintage
1988

Producer's Notes

The hallmark of this wine is its powerful fruit intensity, superb length and typical Grange complexity, showing integrated fruit and oak flavours which are very persistent, reflecting the exceptional quality of the 1988 vintage. Sourced from premium vineyards in South Australia. A classic Grange, from an outstanding vintage year, the 1988 will develop superbly over the next 20 years.

Grape Variety

94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,5%

vintage
1989

Producer's Notes

The 1989 Grange Hermitage is already beginning to show some attractive maturation characters and is developing a little sooner by comparison to its more robust 1988 and 1990 counterparts. Sourced from premium vineyards in South Australia. It has the typical solid structure and strength of character to age gracefully over the next decade or so, with correct cellaring, to produce another classic Grange.

Grape Variety

91% Shiraz and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,5%

Top vintage
1990

Producer's Notes

From the 1990 vintage, Grange Hermitage will be labelled simply ‘Grange’ – the name by which it has been known internationally for many years. It is an icon that symbolises Australian quality wine at its highest level. History will record 1990 as one of the great Australian vintages of our generation. The 1990 Penfolds Grange is one of the best yet, with the potential to eventually rival the classic vintages of 1955, 1962 and 1971.

Grape Variety

95% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,5%

Top vintage
1991

Producer's Notes

Representing the pinnacle of the Penfolds red wine range, the 1991 Grange is one of the finest red wines made in Australia and displays lifted classic Grange character, perhaps more so than the highly acclaimed 1990. A voluminous wine with saturated dark chocolate, mocha and aniseed flavours with fine-grained supple tannins.

Grape Variety

95% Shiraz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,5%

vintage
1992

Producer's Notes

The unique and distinctive Grange style is based on ripe Shiraz fruit and stylish American oak in fine harmony. The 1992 Grange has great complexity and balance. It is powerful and rich with mouth-coating tannins. Concentrated palate with layers of redcurrant, sweet fruit, meaty flavours and fine tannins.

Grape Variety

90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,5%

vintage
1993

Producer's Notes

The ’93 Grange represents over 40 years of winemaking excellence. Over the years Grange became the benchmark by which all other reds in Australia, and increasingly overseas, are often measured. Well concentrated, generous wine with jammy dark berry, dark chocolate, espresso flavours.

Grape Variety

86% Shiraz and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,5%

vintage
1994

Producer's Notes

A beautifully balanced, powerful and expansive wine with deep-set blackberry, espresso and bitter chocolate flavours. Plenty of sweet fruit, leather, earthy and black olive nuances and fine dense tannins. Finishes long and sweet. A gorgeous Grange. A classic vintage.

Grape Variety

89% Shiraz and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,5%

vintage
1995

Producer's Notes

The 1995 Grange is the 45th consecutive vintage of the wine that carries the flag internationally and domestically for the Australian wine industry. Intense and exuberant liquorice, roasted chestnut, panforte and dried fruit flavours.

Grape Variety

94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

13,5%

Top vintage
1996

Producer's Notes

First produced by Max Schubert in 1951, the ’96 Grange represents 46 years of winemaking excellence. A substantial wine showing all hallmarks of finesse, power and complexity. A great vintage.

Grape Variety

94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14,2%

vintage
1997

Producer's Notes

A very good wine considering challenging vintage. Already showing excellent balance within the frame of a beautifully interwoven mesh of dark plum and blackberry fruits with fig and liquorice. Complex fruit and spice flavours sit against a finely focused backdrop of firm but rounded tannins.

Grape Variety

96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14%

Top vintage
1998

Producer's Notes

A spectacular Grange showing extraordinary perfume, luxuriant fruit power and richness. The flavours seemingly last forever. So could the wine. Very powerful, opulent and expressive with intense blackberry, praline and liquorice notes.

Grape Variety

97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14,5%

vintage
1999

Producer's Notes

The first 100% shiraz Grange since 1963, and an excellent follow on to the 1998 vintage. A great Grange reflecting the impressive 1999 Barossa vintage. Fragrant cedar, sandalwood, blackberry, espresso and malty flavours.

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Alc Content

14,5%

vintage
2000

Producer's Notes

The 2000 Penfolds Grange is an excellent example of the Grange style transcending a most challenging South Australian 2000 vintage. A typical Grange with aniseed, rhubarb, blackberry, chocolate and mocha notes but still expressive and delicious.

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Alc Content

14%

vintage
2001

Producer's Notes

A rich, full-flavoured and concentrated wine with complex rum, raisin, dark chocolate, liquorice, quince paste and dried fruit notes. A very fine Grange.

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Alc Content

14,5%

Top vintage
2002

Producer's Notes

This Grange is worth the wait. A complete wine, the description of which is not subservient to words – surely a good sign. The wine is at the other end of the Grange spectral offer to its predecessor, the 2001, purely as a result of two very different climatic vintages. Beautiful, balanced and powerful with blackberry, elderberry, liquorice and aniseed flavours.

Grape Variety

98.5% Shiraz and 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14,5%

vintage
2003

Producer's Notes

Long, layered and compelling, this wine is at the spicier end of the Grange spectrum. A robust wine with plenty of vigour. Ample blackberry, brambly flavours and fine, grippy tannins.

Grape Variety

96.5% Shiraz and 3.5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14,5%

Top vintage
2004

Producer's Notes

“The wait for this Grange release has indeed been worthwhile – arguably the finest vintage since Mother Nature’s endowment of a number of stellar 1990s vintages. Just how good a vintage only time will tell, but all current indicators gauges (very) well. Certainly stylistically in the mould of the wonderful 1990 & 1996 vintages.” Peter Gago

Grape Variety

96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14,3%

vintage
2005

Producer's Notes

“A small 2005 vintage Grange make – understandably no quality compromise. Intense, fresh violet, blackberry, elderberry, mocha and liquorice. Velvety tannins and vanilla oak. With its DNA at 88% Barossa, this Grange belies most 2005 vintage-chart implications”.  Peter Gago

Grape Variety

95.9% Shiraz and 4.1% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14,5%

Top vintage
2006

Producer's Notes

“A profound and complete offer – akin to a mix of the 2002 and 2004 Grange vintages respectively… not a bad credential on any curriculum vitae! Very powerful and concentrated palate, dark chocolate and blackberry flavours. If one were to propagate the Penfolds ‘sixes’ vintage roll-out pattern – it’s probably more like the ’86 & ’96 than the ’76” Peter Gago

Grape Variety

98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14,5%

vintage
2007

Producer's Notes

“Aromatically captivating, convincing—similar to the 1987 in its formative years, stronger than the 1997! Already complete… easily the key Penfolds wine from the 2007 South Australian vintage. As it should be!”Peter Gago

Grape Variety

97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14,5%

Top vintage
2008

Producer's Notes

Rich, powerful, fresh blackberry. “No DNA check required—an immediate familial link to the 1998 Grange convincingly transcends both a decade and the transitional closure of a millennium.”  Peter Gago

Grape Variety

98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14,5%

Top vintage
2009

Producer's Notes

Very fragrant, elderberry, dark cherry, liquorice aromas and underlying ginger, mocha and a lovely concentrated palate. “Similar in weight to the 2002 Grange vintage – a complete package, ticking all boxes… the ‘refinements’ continue”. Peter Gago

Grape Variety

98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14,5%

vintage
2010

Producer's Notes

The 2010 Grange represents 60 years of winemaking excellence. A Grange of remarkable power and finesse. A classic iron fist in a velvet glove style with seductive, inky, elderberry, blackberry fruit, star anise and mocha oak. ‘The millennium vintage that arrived a decade too late’ Peter Gago. Over the years Grange became the benchmark by which all other reds in Australia, and, increasingly, overseas, are often measured.

Grape Variety

98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc Content

14.5%