1954 Penfolds Grange is extremely rare – a curio and valuable collector’s item. All but extremely fine bottles are well past their peak. Internal criticism of Grange led Max Schubert to lighten the style slightly and the 1954 had only about nine months in oak.
Winemaker comments by The Rewards of Patience.
COLOUR Medium brick red.
NOSE It’s showing some sandalwood/meaty/demiglace/fig/earthy aromas and flavours but it’s shot with amontillado/salty characters.
PALATE The palate is elegant and gracefully fading with some sweetness of fruit, dry, slightly gritty tannins and minerally/graphite/smoky finish.
VINEYARD REGION Magill Estate (Adelaide) and Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley).
VINTAGE CONDITIONS Cool to mild growing season followed by a mild to warm vintage.
GRAPE VARIETY Shiraz (98%), Cabernet Sauvignon (2%)
MATURATION Nine months in American oak hogsheads.
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 13.20% – Acidity: g/L – pH: 3.62
LAST TASTED 2008
PEAK DRINKING Now – Past
FOOD MATCHES Mature cheddar cheese