1975 Penfolds Grange. The year 1975 saw the retirement of Max Schubert as Chief Winemaker, although he continued as a consultant to Penfolds and had an Office at Magill Estate until 1994 when he passed away. Don Ditter, who had worked at Penfolds as a winemaker since 1946 was appointed as Chief Winemaker. The 1975 Penfolds Grange won 2 gold medals and 5 other medals between 1976 and 1981 at Australian wine shows.
Winemaker comments by Don Ditter
The 1975 Penfolds Grange was tasted in 1999 and its colour was garnet red. The nose is sweet, spice, leather and meaty aromas with some liquorice and almost port-like nuances. On the palate the 1975 Penfolds Grange is concentrated and rich with ripe, berry fruit/tobacco, touches of spice and some leafiness. The tannins are extractive and bitter, the wine, a very muscular style but it could soften out. Fruit for the 1975 Penfolds Grange was sourced from the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra wine regions and Penfolds Kalimna Vineyard. Vintage conditions were cool, with a mild, dry vintage. The 1975 Penfolds Grange is a blend of 90% Shiraz 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and was matured in new American oak for 18 months.