The latest vintage of Australia’s iconic wine Penfolds Grange, the 2004 vintage, has been released to tremendous praise.
Carrying a price tag of $549 AUD a bottle, critics have been rating the vintage as high as 98 and 99 out of 100.
The 2004 vintage comprises 96 per cent Shiraz (Syrah) grape and 4 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, which is typical of this fantastic wine.
Penfolds Grange is a South Australian wine and is widely considered Australia’s “first growth” and its most collectable wine.
Some Interesting Facts About Penfolds Grange
– The first vintage of Penfolds Grange was made on an experimental basis in 1951 by winemaker Max Schubert, while he was employed by Penfolds Wines.
– By the end of the 1980s the wine came to be regarded as a collector’s item.
– The name “Hermitage” was dropped from the label with the 1990 vintage, following objections by the European Union authorities to the use of a French place-name.
– Unlike most expensive cult wines from the Old World, which are from single vineyards or even small plots (called blocks) within vineyards, Grange is made from grapes harvested over a wide area. This means that the precise composition of the wine will change from year to year and it is the branding and expertise of the winemaking which purchasers value, rather than the qualities of the specific places where the grapes are grown or the particular vines.
– The quantity of Penfolds Grange produced varies considerably from year to year.
– Despite the vagaries of grape sourcing and vintage variation due to growing conditions, some believe that there is a consistent and recognisable “Penfolds Grange” style.
– In May 2005, ownership of the Penfolds brand, along with its museum collection of Penfolds Grange, passed to Foster’s Group upon its acquisition of the previous owner, Southcorp Limited.
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Note: Facts taken from Wikipedia.