1983 Penfolds Grange
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 92
  • WS 90

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WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2002
The earliest harvest on record at Penfolds the 1983 vintage was characterized by devastating bush fires followed by enormous flooding in March. A blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon the wine has a surprisingly... The earliest harvest on record at Penfolds the 1983 vintage was characterized by devastating bush fires followed by enormous flooding in March. A blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon the wine has a surprisingly low pH (3.41) for a Grange with an amazing 7.1 grams of acid per liter. The wine still shows considerable tannin in its flavors but enormously powerful rich high acid characteristics. It is somewhat of a paradox to taste. Five years ago it was exhibiting huge powerful concentrated flavors but also high acid and high tannin. The wine seems very youthful very backward and still in need of at least another 4-5 years of cellaring. Whether it will all come together in a seamless classic remains open to conjecture. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 1997
Deep dense and chewy this is packed with plum and mineral flavors that are dominated by the structure now but will have fleshed out by 2003 to 2006.--Penfolds Grange vertical. 7950 cases made. -H
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Vintage 1983

Label

The original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Crafted utilizing fully-ripe, intensely-flavored and structured Shiraz grapes, the result is a unique Australian style that is now recognized as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. With an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951, Grange clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia.

Winery

Penfolds

Penfolds is an iconic Australian wine producer established in 1844 when Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold and his family arrived from England and paid the princely sum of £1,200 for 500 acres of the best land in Magill. He planted French vine cuttings with the intention of producing his own “medicinal tonic” wine.

When he passed away, his wife Mary assumed responsibility for the 60 acres of vines in The Grange Vineyard, which was then producing several varieties. She managed the estate for 25 years, passing it on to her daughter Georgina and son-in-law Thomas Hyland when she retired. The Penfold family continued to operate the business very successfully and retained a controlling interest after the company became public.

Penfolds now has an extensive portfolio that includes the ‘House Style’ collection, numbered-bin releases, special bins, and fortifieds among others. It has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia and across the world.

Penfolds has earned numerous accolades for its flagship and most iconic wine, Grange, the creation of former Chief Winemaker Max Schubert who aimed to match the finest, aged Bordeaux wines. Initially rejected by Penfolds management, the experiment was kept secret and barrels of wines were hidden behind a fake wall in the tunnels at Magill Estate. With bottle age development, a second tasting was greeted with enthusiasm and production was restarted.

Penfolds vineyards are located primarily in South Australia on prime land throughout the state’s most esteemed viticultural regions. Throughout its history, Penfolds has owned and leased vineyards in addition to sourcing grapes from independent growers. Its grapes are sourced from more than 220 vineyards and grape growers across Australia. This strategy reflects the tradition of multi-vineyard and multi-regional sourcing, first introduced in the 1860s by Mary Penfold, and allows for a consistency of style and quality across vintages, something Penfolds is renowned for.